Τρίτη, 29 Ιουνίου 2010

Peru: Amazonas - Es Para Ti

Machu Picchu (Old Mountain) is located 2,430 metres above sea level and 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Cuzco, Peru. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472).

Often referred to as "The Lost City Of Incas", it is the most familiar icon of the Inca World, an important tourist attraction, and one of the most important archaeological places in South America and all over the world! No doubt, it's a natural diamond!

Today it's the third part of the short tribute to Peru. So, the last song has the title "Es Para Ti"...

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Δευτέρα, 28 Ιουνίου 2010

Peru: Amazonas - El Pituco

Some basic information about Peru (according database of 2009).

Population: 29,550,000 (approx)
Capital: Lima, population: 8,000,000 (aprox)
Life expectancy: male 68.9 years, female 72.7 years



Birth rate: 19.38 births/1,000 population
Death rate: 6.14 deaths/1,000 population
Languages: Spanish (official), Quechua (official), Aymara and a large number of minor Amazonian languages
National Holiday: Independence Day, 28 July (1821 independence from Spain)

In this second part of the tribute to Peru we will listen another song of the local band "Amazonas". This time the title is "El Pituco"...

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Σάββατο, 26 Ιουνίου 2010

Peru: Amazonas - Condor Pasa

Ancient Peru was the seat of several prominent Andean civilizations, most notably that of the Incas whose empire was captured by the Spanish conquistadors in 1533. Peruvian independence was declared in 1821, and remaining Spanish forces defeated in 1824. After a dozen years of military rule, Peru returned to democratic leadership in 1980, but experienced economic problems and the growth of a violent insurgency.

In the recent years, the presidential election of 2006 saw the return of Alan Garcia Perez who, after a disappointing presidential term from 1985 to 1990, has overseen a robust macroeconomic performance.

Peru is far away from Greece but i do love that country! I consider it as my "third" country, after Mali, Africa (oh, i must tell you that "i come from many countries")... Due to my love to that country, i prepared a short tribute of 3 posts. We 'll listen three songs by the famous Peruvian group which is called "Amazonas". The song of this post has the title "Condor Pasa"...

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Πέμπτη, 24 Ιουνίου 2010

John Williams - Asturias (Leyenda)

"Leyenda" is really a brilliant masterpiece in the classic music field. That's why i uploaded another video with the same title. This time the performer is John Williams.

For those who adore this music diamond, another version is here...

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Τρίτη, 22 Ιουνίου 2010

Angel Romero - Asturias (Leyenda)

Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) wrote the piece during the early 1890's, most likely in London (where he had established himself as a concert pianist and theatre composer). The piece was first published in Barcelona, by Juan Bta. Pujol & Co., in 1892 as the opening "Preludio" of a three-movement set entitled Chants D' Espagne, op. 232. Five years later, both Juan Bta. Pujol and the Union Musical Española in Madrid published a five-movement version of the work, again with our piece as the opening "Preludio."

Seven years after this, in 1911 (two years after Albéniz's death), the German publisher Hofmeister published the first "complete" version of an earlier work of Albéniz's, the Suite española, op. 47. This work had been advertised in 1886 as an eight-movement suite, but only four of its movements had ever been published up to that point. The four "new" movements added to complete the set, however, had all been published previously under different titles. It appears that the publisher simply took existing works of Albéniz's, inserted them into the Suite española, and changed the names to fit those originally advertised 25 years earlier! (Obviously, Albéniz, in characteristic style, had promised his early publisher more works than he cared to deliver.) Thus our piece, "Preludio" became known as "Asturias" (subtitled "Leyenda"), the advertised fifth movement of Albéniz's Suite española.

Does all this really matter? Anyway, in this post we have to do with a great classic composition! The performer is Angel Romero. Enjoy!

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Κυριακή, 20 Ιουνίου 2010

Memphis Slim - Christina's Boogie

No escape from Memphis Slim's Blues! That's why i uploaded another song from this amazing artist! This time the title is "Christina's Boogie"...

From my old LPs... Enjoy...

Memphis Slim, the pioneer of the piano boogie! Memphis Slim, the aristocrat of the Blues!

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Παρασκευή, 18 Ιουνίου 2010

Memphis Slim - Broadway Boogie

After I made some changes on my blog (you may see the 3 column template) i'm back with you, again.

Back with what? With my heart and my soul. That means Blues! That means Memphis Slim! What a great artist! We enjoy him in a very nice song. It has the title "Broadway Boogie"...

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