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Habanera

composer
1885

 
The Habanera, like the tango with which it shares the same rhythm, is a voluptuous, indeed lascivious Spanish dance borrowed from Cuba (La Habana is the Spanish name for the island’s capital). Its principal theme is simple, but it reappears in an unexpected modulation in E major (the work is in D flat) and is then embellished with an ingenious counter-melody in the left hand—with the happiest of results.

from notes by Jean-Paul Sévilla © 2006
English: Roland Smithers

La Habanera est, comme le tango, dont elle affecte le même rythme, une danse voluptueuse, voire lascive empruntée par l’Espagne à Cuba (La Habana est le nom espagnol de la capitale de l’île). Le thème principal en est simple, mais il réapparaîtra dans une modulation inattendue en mi majeur (la tonalité de l’œuvre est ré bémol) puis s’agrémentera par la suite d’un ingénieux contre-chant à la main gauche du plus heureux effet.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jean-Paul Sévilla © 2006

Die Habanera ist wie der Tango, dessen Rhythmus sie teilt, ein sinnlicher, ja lasziver spanischer Tanz, eine Anleihe aus Kuba (La Habana ist der spanische Name der Hauptstadt der Insel). Das Hauptthema ist einfach, doch es kehrt in einer unerwarteten E-Dur-Modulation zurück (das Stück steht in Des-Dur) und wird dann durch eine geschickte Gegenmelodie in der linken Hand auf wunderbarste Art und Weise ausgeschmückt.

aus dem Begleittext von Jean-Paul Sévilla © 2006
Deutsch: Bettina Reinke-Welsh

Recordings

Chabrier: Piano Music
CDA67515
Chabrier: Piano Music
This album is not yet available for downloadSACDA67515Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Details

Track 17 on CDA67515 [4'35]
Track 17 on SACDA67515 [4'35] Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Track-specific metadata for SACDA67515 track 17

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-05-51517
Duration
4'35
Recording date
22 June 2004
Recording venue
Das Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Dobbiaco, Italy
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Hyperion usage
  1. Chabrier: Piano Music (CDA67515)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: February 2006
  2. Chabrier: Piano Music (SACDA67515)
    Disc 1 Track 17
    Release date: February 2006
    Deletion date: February 2011
    Super-Audio CD — Deleted
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