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Musical Analysis

The exquisite search of the sublime
(a general approach to the study of Eduard Toldrà's music, his personal and distinctive use of the melody, harmony, rhythm, texture and color)

A captivating personality, author of a very intimate and delicate music, Toldrà (specially in his songs) was a real master of the search for the essence and the sublime. The sublime is the quality of greatness, whether physical, moral, intellectual, metaphysical, aesthetic, spiritual or artistic. The term especially refers to a greatness beyond all possibility of calculation, measurement or imitation.

1. the melody: one of the most gifted talents of Toldrà, his unique sense of freshness and spontaneity through the use of the intervals, creating tension and distension.
2. the harmony: the richness use of the vertical structure, chords, progressions, successions.
3. the rhythm: Toldrà's original treatment of the pulse and its spatial order and organization.
4. the form: the study of the overall structure or plan of a piece, its layout and divisions into different sections.
5. the piano accompaniment: a collection of personal elements and resources in Toldràs pianistic treatment.
6. the orchestration: texture, color, doublings...
7. the performance: an introduction to the performance of Eduard Toldrà's music.
8. the style Toldrà: an exploration and explanation of Eduard Toldrà's "Mediterranean style".