Federico Mompou: Prelude No. 7 By Guillaume Coppola
A hypnotic work for piano
Deeply troubled by the political landscape both in his birth country and his adoptive France during the first half of the 20th Century, Mompou’s career possesses notable absences of writing. Particularly perturbed by the Spanish Civil War, one of the largest gaps in the composer’s curriculum vitae lasted an entire decade (from 1931 to 1941). The beginning of this work sees the pianist creating musical smoke and mirrors by striking elaborate chords while leaving the sustain pedal on. It has a dream like quality that makes one think of Alice in Wonderland.