In this energetic piece inspired by sunny Spain, the pianist's hands both complement and oppose one another. One hand outlines the smoother melody within a 6/4 time signature; the other rhythmically darts around with a contrary feeling, as if in a 12/8 compound meter.
The inclusion of guitar, trumpet, piano, castanets, hand claps, foot stomps, cajon and a full string orchestra makes it feel like you are back in Spain…for the first time.
Album Review: Opus Español
2020 / Dolce & Nuit Productions
Review by Kathy Parsons
“Opus Español” is a bright and sunny new single from composer/pianist Matt Johnson. Guitars, trumpet, piano, strings, bass and percussion make up the spirited ensemble that takes us on a 3-minute tour of Spain (and makes us long for more!). The rhythmic castanets evoke images of impassioned Flamenco dancers, and the trumpet makes me think of a bullfight (although I’d never go to watch one!). Very Spanish, very colorful and very fun, this piece is different from much of Matt Johnson’s music, although the variety of his musical styles seems to know no bounds.
The copyright for the sheet music for “Opus Español” is dated 1981. It can be played as a piano solo (in D minor and 9 pages) and there is also a 3 1/2 page lead sheet with the melody and chord charts, also in D minor.
Matt Johnson very generously offers all of his recordings and sheet music as free downloads from www.MattJohnsonMusic.com. The single will be available soon for download and/or streaming from Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora.
Matt offers his original music with no expectation of payment. The above audio files and musical scores are absolutely FREE for your personal use and enjoyment.
However, donations are always appreciated.