Monday 18 March 2024

Breezes of Spain: discovering the music of Óscar de la Cinna

Óscar de la Cinna in 1875
Óscar de la Cinna in 1875

Pianist and composer Óscar de la Cinna (1836–1906) is not a household name. Born in Hungary, he was musically educated Prague, Warsaw and Vienna, studied with Czerny and was a classmate of Liszt. A virtuoso pianist, he moved to Spain as piano tutor to the Spanish Royal family, before finally settling in Andalucia. There he was influenced by Spanish folk songs and Moorish dance music.

On Friday 29 March 2024, there is a chance to get to know Óscar de la Cinna's music when a piano and dance performance, Breezes of Spain (Brisas de España) is being presented at The Horton, the renovated Grade II-listed former Horton Chapel in Epsom that is now an arts venue.

The performers are Yoel Vargas (dance and choreography) and José-Vicente Riquelme (piano), both of whom took part in the Horton's Spanish season last year. There is also a preconcert talk about the composer and his music by artistic director, Antonio Hernandez Moreno.

Full details from the Horton's website.

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