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Haskell Small has concertized with great success in major European capitals, South America, Japan and China, and has been enthusiastically received by American audiences in such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the Spoleto Festival. A prize winner in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Piano Competition, Mr. Small has received numerous awards and has been featured in the nationally broadcast PBS special, A Celebration of the Piano. Following in the tradition of 18th and 19th century pianist/composers, Haskell Small is also an accomplished composer, who often performs his own works. He has received commissions from such organizations as the Washington Ballet, Three Rivers Piano Competition, Georgetown Symphony and Paul Hill Chorale, and he was the winner of the 1999 Marin Ballet Dance Score Competition. From 2000 to 2003, he was composer-in-residence with the Mount Vernon Orchestra. In 2005, Small completed Renoir s Feast, a commission by the Phillips Collection to celebrate the return of their beloved painting, Luncheon of the Boating Party. Recent accomplishments include a publication by PeerMusic of his blues and jazz miniatures, Scraps, and the world premiere in New York s Weill Hall by noted pianist Soheil Nasseri of the new work he commissioned Small to write, Lullaby of War. Besides his newly released recording of Renoir s Feast, Small has recorded a number of CDs, among them a Gershwin disc, a Children s CD with narrator Robert Aubry Davis, and Bach's Goldberg Variations. In recent seasons, he has made several tours of Japan and played recitals in Paris and London. Haskell Small received his musical training at the San Francisco Conservatory and Carnegie-Mellon University, and has studied piano with Leon Fleisher, William Masselos, Harry Franklin and Jeanne Behrend, as well as composition with Roland Leich and Vincent Persichetti. Currently he is the piano department Chair of the Washington Conservatory of Music.

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a golden silence from Haskell Small --The Washington Post (concert review)

dazzlingly prodigious technique --Musical Times

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listen  3. Musica Callada: Book One: III. Placide 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Musica Callada: Book Two: XIII. Tranquilo - Très Calme 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Musica Callada: Book Two: XIV. Severo - sérieux 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Musica Callada: Book Two: XV. Lento - plaintif 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Musica Callada: Book Two: XVI. Calme 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Musica Callada: Book Three: XVII. Lento 2:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Musica Callada: Book Three: XVIII. Luminoso 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Musica Callada: Book Three: XIX. Tranquilo 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Musica Callada: Book Three: XX. Calme 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen22. Musica Callada: Book Four: Xxii. Molto Lento E Tranquilo 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen26. Musica Callada: Book Four: Xxvi. Lento 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Federico Mompou
  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MSR Classics
  • ASIN: B001H8B7B0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David A. Wend on February 24, 2009
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The music of Frederico Mompou is touched by the spirit of childhood - freedom from all rules. In his piano works, one has a feeling of a state of meditation, the music just happening and not bound to any kind of permanent media. Mompou does not follow the usual forms of development and counterpoint and has been compared with Erick Satie in the free style of his music, but Satie injects more humor into his music while Mompou remain introspective. If Satie is the child outside playing on a summer day, Mompou is the child looking out a window and watching.

There are many musical influences that one can detect in Mompou: Debussy, Chopin, Ravel and Scriabin come to mind. Mompou studied composition in Paris beginning in 1911, spending the years of the First World War in Spain, The four books called Musica Callada (Music of Silence) recorded on this disc were written between 1959 and 1967 and is his major piano composition. The books are meant to be a completed work and each book numbers its movements where the prior one left off. The music, overall, is meditative with occasional outburst of dramatic chord-clusters.

Book One (1959) progressed from quiet introspection to become dreamy. The music begins with a melody that sounds more like a practice exercise but the music quickly becomes more complex. The third movement marked Placide is like a lullaby and the fifth is rather plaintive and is followed by a captivating and moving cantabile. The Lento profound has a touch of despair with chords that remind one of Ravel's darker music from Gaspard de la Nuit. The somber music is followed by a short, playful movement the moves in the final piece simply marked Lento: a placid work that reminds me of a depiction of nature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 26, 2009
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Thanks to the marvelous review by D.A. Wend -- I suggest you read it if you haven't already -- my remarks will necessarily be brief.

Federico Mompou (it's pronounced MomPO, not MomPOO as you might expect) was a Catalan composer who studied in Paris and lived much of his life there and in Barcelona. Although influenced by Debussy, Scriabin and Satie, the melodic outlines and much of the harmony are unmistakably Spanish. What makes his music so fascinating are its spare textures, incantatory introspection, generally slow tempi, bell sounds, lack of what is generally considered development, and its ability to utterly entrance the listener. I well remember the first time I heard any of his music, recorded by the composer himself for the Ensayo label in the 1970s when he was in his eighties, and I immediately fell under its (almost literal) spell. I have since collected about a dozen LPs and CDs, including the (almost) complete works played by the composer. Among those I treasure, besides the composer's own efforts, are those of Stephen Hough and Jordi Masó. I had heard of pianist Haskell Small, but was not familiar with his work. His performance of Mompou's music ranks with theirs. 'Musica Callada' ('Quiet Music') is Mompou's most extended work; although its component pieces are miniatures, it is designed to be played as a single work whose effect, when well played, is almost a religious experience, not unexpectedly as the composer's inspiration for the work was the writings of the Spanish mystic, St. John of the Cross. It is difficult to play quiet, slow, spare piano music; the piano is, after all, a percussion instrument whose ability to sustain a singing line at a slow tempo requires some real technique, not to speak of the sensibility of a singer. Small has this ability.
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