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Frederic Mompou

Frederic Mompou i Dencausse
 (16 April 1893 – 30 June 1987) was a Catalan Spanish composer and pianist. He is best known for his solo piano music and his songs.

Federico Mompou, a magician of sounds and master of miniatures rich in contrast, was born in 1893 to a French Mother and a Catalan Father Growing up in the shadow of his father’s bell-foundry, it was the resonance of the soul that he nostalgically sought in his compositions in later years.

After studying of music in Barcelona, he moved to Paris, where the French School, from Satie and Fauré to Debussy and Ravel, was in full effervescence. Like Albeniz, Granados, Turina or Falla, Mompou spent long periods of time in Paris before settling definitely in Barcelona in 1941, where he died in 1987.

Shy and reserved, Mompou devoted himself to composition, almost exclusively for piano, creating about a hundred short pieces which are intensely charged, highly expressive, and refined. Hermitage (1914-17) is emblematic for a contemplative personality creating really “unheard of” atmospheres, through a style seeking an extreme simplicity.