Guitar music by
Ponce and Tansman -
'... a real pleasure ...'
The period of time now called 'The Beautiful Era' or 'La Belle Époque' lasted about forty years and only in retrospect was it judged to have been a gloriously luxurious, peaceful and artistically productive intermission before the outbreak of World War 1. While the Americans enjoyed the period as a 'Gilded Age' and England's Victorians become opulent Edwardians, Europe celebrated an excess of artistic creativity, placing its centre of inspiration at the heart of a new age of Parisian Bohemian life into which flowed a profusion of ideas, an excess of extrovert expression -- and plenty of money. Cabaret thrived, the pre-Raphaelites languished, and composers produced a vast number of songs and salon pieces.
Two composers who were drawn to Paris by its flourishing attractions were the Mexican pianist Manuel Ponce, whose output as a composer included a notable amount of guitar music, and the Polish born Alexandre Tansman, whose considerable list of stage and symphonic music includes very little for the guitar...
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