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Lindaraja, L103
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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDH55014 track 5
Recording date
19 July 1989
Recording venue
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Keith Warren & Keith Wicks
Hyperion usage
  1. Debussy: The Complete Music for Two Pianos (CDA66468)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: February 1991
    Deletion date: May 1999
    Superseded by CDH55014
  2. Debussy: The Complete Music for Two Pianos (CDH55014)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: May 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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