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Spanish love songs for El Día de los enamorados, The Spanish Hour, 2/13 @ 10pm

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2/6 Music from Medieval & Renaissance Spain Roman, Germanic, Byzantine, French, Arabic, and Jewish cultures all contributed to Spanish music. This week, a program of vocal music from Spain from the 13th-17th centuries: settings of secular and sacred texts by Tomás Luis de Victoria and Mateo Flecha the Elder, plus anonymous Sephardic and Navarrese love songs, reflecting the mix of cultures throughout the Five Kingdoms of Spain.

2/13 Spanish Love Songs for Valentine's Day Love songs, nothing but love songs! Spanish love songs for El Día de los enamorados – Valentine’s Day from Sephardic romances from the Middle Ages to love songs by Granados and Falla.

2/20 Un Paseo / A Stroll through 20th-century Spain Two works, each representative of the 20th century: Ardor, the violin concerto written in 1998 by José Luis Greco with Mariana Todorova as soloist, and the complete music to the 1919 ballet El Sombrero de tres picos (Three-Cornered Hat ) by Manuel de Falla, featuring Florence Quivar.

2/27 Profile: Arriaga, “The Spanish Mozart” Born in the Basque city of Bilbao, Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga shared not only a January 27th date of birth with Mozart, but life as a child prodigy and early demise. We’ll hear some of the remarkable works written by Arriaga before his premature and tragic death at the age of 19: the overture to Los esclavos felices, the cantata Herminie with Basque soprano Ainhoa Arteta, and Symphony in D.

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