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David Baptista - Fragoso Petite Suite, II.Berceuse: Message Board

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António Fragoso is a forgotten Portuguese composer from the early 20th century. A genius in the making, he died at the young age of 21, just after completing his Conservatory course in piano. Even though he died young, he left behind a numerous amount of compositions, for piano, violin, voice, and orchestra which are only now being given some attention.
His Petite Suite is composed of three movements, of which the second is the Berceuse. I did not have the time to polish this movement as much as the first, so take my performance as a statement of intentions :) .

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Inlanding 2011-08-24 19:43:37 This piece sounds like such mix of other styles, yet it tells its own story. Wonderful playing. Thank you!
wr 2011-08-22 05:37:22 I love hearing composers I've never heard of before, and this is one of those. A lovely piece - thanks for giving it to us.
Cinnamonbear 2011-08-20 19:53:34 "Statement of intentions." Ha-ha! Love it! This is a very touching piece. Thank you for sharing the suite, and information about the composer.
Julian (SlatterFan) 2011-08-20 17:15:12 Fascinating and lovely! Influences of Granados and Debussy within a distinctive voice. Thanks for bringing this guy

(The main theme bears an uncanny resemblance to the opening of Medtner's Skazki/Tale Op. 26 No. 1, which was published in 1913. I wonder if this is a coincidence, or if Fragoso knew the Medtner piece? Not that this takes anything away from Fragoso's composition, I just find these things interesting.)
Greg 2011-08-20 10:57:15 I just listened to the 2nd movement of this suite posted and am floored by its tranquil, almost nautical motif on first listen.

You're expanding our horizons! Oh, and great playing too! :-)