Although dating from April 1901, Lindaraja
, Debussy’s first characteristically Spanish piece, was not published until 1926, eight years after the composer’s death. It was also his first piece for two pianos. In common with many ‘foreign’ composers who have written highly successful ‘Spanish’ music, Debussy’s knowledge of Spain came from observing the country from afar, rather than from regular visits to it. One of the possible influences on Lindaraja
was the ‘Habanera’ that had formed part of Sites auriculaires
composed for two pianos by Ravel in 1895. Lindaraja
itself has been described as a ‘worthy forerunner’ of Debussy’s first solo Spanish piece, La soirée dans Grenade
, a work which Manuel de Falla (whose picture postcard to Debussy is reputed to have inspired it) considered the most perfect musical representation of Andalusia.
from notes by Peter Avis © 1999