De Laroccha y de la Calle, Alicia
1975 autograph sentiment signed by one of the great 2oth century pianists
Condition: Very good
Description: (1921-2009) Catalan-Spanish pianist and composer, less than 5 feet tall and with small hands for a pianist, spanning an interval of barely a tenth on the keyboard. Considered one of the great 20th century piano legends, she won multiple Grammy Awards and a Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. She is credited with popularizing the compositions of Isaac Albeniz and Enrique Granados. In 1995, she became the 1st Spanish artist to win the UNESCO Prize.
Born in Barcelona, she began studying piano at 3, her parents and aunts also pianists. She gave her 1st public performance at 5 and performed her first concert at 6 at the 1929 Seville World’s Fair and had her orchestral debut at 11. She had a “long fifth finger” and a “wide stretch between thumb and index finger” which helped make her more technically gifted.
She began touring internationally in 1947, and in 1954 toured North America with the LA Philharmonic. De Larrocha made numerous recordings of the solo piano repertoire and in particular the works of composers of her native Spain, best known for her recordings of the music of de Falla, Granados, Mompou, Albeniz, and also Mozart, as well as her 1967 recordings of Antonio Soler’s keyboard sonatas. She won her 1st Grammy in 1975, and her last in 1992, and received the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1994. De Larrocha retired from public performance in 2003 after a 76-year career.
Autograph sentiment signed on a yellow autograph album page, adding March 2 1975 date.
Type: Signed album page