Fado

for 4-hands piano

John Palmer

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Composer John Palmer
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10'57"

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Catalogue ID ce-jp1f1

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Longing, nostalgia, sadness, pain and much more to it: the Portuguese fado resembles a formidable stage for feelings of all sorts, including love and happiness. But it is the “saudade” – a yearning for another ‘place’ and elusive ‘otherness’ – that strikes me as being the most moving feature of this song genre. By extrapolating the fado from its traditional settings such as text, form and instrumentation, I have proposed an almost surreal musical rendering for two pianists where words have been replaced by fragments of melodies and traditional harmonic progressions often re-proposed and interspersed by the resonances of the piano. This music was written for Domingos Costa and Yseult Jost to whom is dedicated.