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RachFan - Dutra Preludio 32: Message Board

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Composed in 1940 and dedicated to his son, Farnesio, this beautiful and haunting late romantic ‚ÄúPreludio‚Ä?, Op. 32 in F# minor composed by Eduardo Dutra (1908-1964?) leaves no doubt as to the fine talent and craftsmanship of this obscure Brazilian composer. The character of this prelude is that of a lament.

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David 2011-08-23 19:13:33 Hi Julian,

Here is the sad news: Eduardo Dutra did not publish his piano music through well known music publishing houses. Instead, he would simply reprint copies of his pieces on request. When he died in 1964, apparently all of his original scores and copies on hand were lost or destroyed. So how did I get this piece? We believe that the score originated with a certain pianist in Paris who sent it to another in Rio de Janiero who sent to another in Montreal who sent to another in New York City. Out of the blue the pianist in NYC sent it to me thinking I might like to play it. So you can see the difficulty in finding Dutra's music! What is really needed is for a few Brazilian musicologists to dig though conservatory and university music libraries, public libraries, music archives, private collections, and even the back rooms of city sheet music stores. But it might never happen. Given this one "Preludio" that I play here, we can hear the wonderful craftsmanship of this composer. I do hope more scores will be discovered in the future.

David 2011-08-23 19:00:23 Hi Inlanding,

Glad you enjoyed this piece! Dutra was Brazilian, yet some have said that it seems to have a Russian romantic flavor to it. I agree. It was a pleasure to learn and record it.

Inlanding 2011-08-22 11:34:43 Like the other choices you shared, this is so beautiful and expertly played. Fantastic!
Julian (SlatterFan) 2011-08-21 10:19:28 Thanks for posting this! This piece reminds me slightly of the music of Ennio Morricone. I'd definitely like to explore Dutra's music. How can we obtain his music, please?