Viñes, Ricardo 1875-1943

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The Catalan pianist Ricardo Viñes, born February 5, 1875, in Lérida, Spain, was well known for his exceptional technique, his large repertoire, and his affinity for the music of his time. After a period of study with pianist Juan B. Pujol in Barcelona, Viñes went to Paris in 1887. With the exception of his several concert tours throughout Europe and South America, Viñes remained in Paris for most of his life.

From the description of Ricardo Viñes collection of music manuscripts, 1903-1928. (University of Delaware Library). WorldCat record id: 667589765

The Catalan pianist Ricardo Viñes, born February 5, 1875, in Lérida, Spain, was well known for his exceptional technique, his large repertoire, and his affinity for the music of his time. After a period of study with pianist Juan B. Pujol in Barcelona, Viñes went to Paris in 1887. With the exception of his several concert tours throughout Europe and South America, Viñes remained in Paris for most of his life.

Viñes enrolled at the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied piano with Charles-Wilfrid de Bériot, as well as composition and harmony with Benjamin Godard and Albert Lavignac. Amongst his classmates was the composer Maurice Ravel, with whom Viñes developed a close social and professional relationship. Viñes also became acquainted with composer Claude Debussy and premiered almost every piano work written by the two composers during the first decade of the twentieth century. Viñes became known as a champion of new music, particularly that from the French-Spanish school of his contemporaries. In addition to Ravel and Debussy, he premiered works by Manuel de Falla, Isaac Albéniz, Déodat de Séverac and Erik Satie, as well as later composers Darius Milhaud, Oliver Messiaen, Daniel Lesur, and his most famous student, Francis Poulenc. Many new Russian works were also given first French performances by Viñes.

Two Hommages - one to Satie and one to Séverac - are the best known of Viñes’s few compositions. He contributed several articles on Spanish music to French and Spanish publications, and kept an informative journal covering performance practices of his day. Viñes died April 29, 1943 in Barcelona.

Brody, Elaine. "Viñes, Ricardo," New Groves Dictionary of Music and Musicians. London: Macmillan, 1980, v.19, p. 790. Demarquez, Suzanne. Manuel de Falla. Philadelphia: Chilton, 1968. Lockspeiser, Edward. Debussy: his life and mind. London: Cassell, 1965, v.2.

From the guide to the Ricardo Viñes collection of music manuscripts, circa 1903-1928, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

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creatorOf Rosenthal, Manuel, 1904-2003. Huit bagatelles (pour le piano) : à Henri Sauguet, en attendant miens! de son Manuel Rosenthal : manuscript, 1923-1924. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Autograph letters signed (24), and autograph postcards signed (4), dated [Paris, Hannover, and other places], 22 May 1912-[July 1917], to D.E. Inghelbrecht. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Viñes, Ricardo, 1875-1943. Canço VI [Multimédia multisupport] / Ricardo Vines, p. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Rosenthal, Manuel, 1904-2003. Huit bagatelles pour le piano / Manuel Rosenthal. .... Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Leibowitz, René, 1913-1972. Suite Lyrique pour deux Pianos. / René Leibowitz. Op. 8. .... Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Viñes, Ricardo, 1875-1943. Canço VI [Multimédia multisupport] / Ricardo Vines, p. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Viñes, Ricardo, 1875-1943. Ricardo Viñes collection of music manuscripts, 1903-1928. University of Delaware Library, Hugh M Morris Library
referencedIn Malipiero, Gian Francesco, 1882-1973. Autograph letter signed, dated : Paris, 24 March 1919, to [Otto M. Kling at J. & . W. Chester?], 1919 Mar. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Autograph letter signed, dated : [Paris], 10 November 1908, to [Gabriel Astruc], 1908 Nov. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Falla, Manuel de, 1876-1946. [Postcard, 1921 avril 4 to] Ricardo Vinès / Manuel de Falla. Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Moldenhauer Archives at the Library of Congress, circa 1000-circa 1990 Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Royer, Etienne, 1882-1928. Trio / pour Piano Violon et Violoncelle. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Ricardo Viñes collection of music manuscripts, circa 1903-1928 University of Delaware Library - Special Collections
referencedIn The Moldenhauer Archives at Harvard University: Manuscript music compositions, 1880-1985. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. Miroirs / II Oiseaux tristes / à Ricardo Viñes. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Albéniz, Isaac, 1860-1909. 1re Rhapsodie Espagnole / pour Piano avec acct d'orchestre / par Isaac Albeniz / op. 70 / Orchestration par / Georges Enesco / Partition. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Salazar, Adolfo, 1890-1958. Autograph letters signed (4), autograph postcards signed (5) and typewritten letters signed (2), dated : Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Berlin, and Prague, 1919-1928, to Louise Alvar, 1921 June 8. and 1925 Sept. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Duparc, Henri, 1848-1933. Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p., n.d., ca. 1911?], to [Ricardo Viñes?], [ca. 1911?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p., Paris?], 31 March 1902, to the publisher M. [E.] Demets, 1902 Mar. 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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associatedWith Albéniz, Isaac, 1860-1909. person
associatedWith Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. person
associatedWith Duparc, Henri, 1848-1933. person
associatedWith Falla, Manuel de, 1876-1946. person
associatedWith Leibowitz, René, 1913-1972. person
associatedWith Malipiero, Gian Francesco, 1882-1973. person
associatedWith Moldenhauer, Hans. person
associatedWith Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. person
associatedWith Rosenthal, Manuel, 1904-2003. person
associatedWith Royer, Etienne, 1882-1928. person
associatedWith Salazar, Adolfo, 1890-1958. person
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Piano music--19th century
Piano music--20th century
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Pianists
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Birth 1875-02-05

Death 1943-04-29

Spaniards

English,

Spanish; Castilian,

French,

Multiple languages

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