One of the ballet world’s most accomplished and beloved pianists, Josu Gallastegui was born in Spain’s Basque Country and grew up surrounded by its rich musical traditions. In A Journey Home, he brings this subtle, evocative music to life for dancers, teachers, and students everywhere. His father, Hipólito, taught him many of the popular Basque songs included in this collection. Josu has dedicated this new collection to parents, Hipólito and Juanita Gallastegui.
A Journey Home features 32 selections on two CDs, including choices of music for plié, tendu, adagio, turns, and small, medium, and large jumps. The final selection is the exuberant and joyful ¡Viva Navarra!—more than 5 minutes of music superbly played in Josu’s own unforgettable style. The ballet class is based on the teaching of Professor Marta Ruiz Estrampes.
CD 1 BARRE 1. Warm UpAurresku & Zortzico/ Salute & Presentation 4/4 and 5/8 (32 measures) 3:00 2. Tendu in First PositionAurtxo Danok / Everyone’s Child 4/4 (32 measures) 1:28 & repeat 3. Plié No.1Aurtxo Seaskan / Basque Lullaby 4/4 (64 measures) 2:47 & repeat 4. Plié No.2 Akí-Aká M.R.Estrampes/Gallastegui 3/4 (74 measures) 2:40 & repeat 5. Tendu No.1Bat, Bi, Iru, Lau / One,Two,Three, Four 2/4 (32 measures) 1:12 & repeat 6. Tendu No.2 La Hilandera / The Spinner 2/4 (32 measures) 1:10 & repeat 7. Jeté No.1Narrativa / The Story J.Guridi 2/4 (32 measures) 1:03 & repeat 8. Jeté No.2Eleizatik Kampora / The Convent’s Call J. M. Iparraguirre 6/8 (32 measures) 1:22 & repeat 9. Rond de Jambe par TerreEstampas Bilbainas / Postcards from Bilbao 3/4 (32 measures) 1:48 & repeat 10. Fondu Galtzaundi / The Carnival at Tolosa 2/4 (32 measures) 1:58 & repeat 11. Frappé Arin Arin / Fast, Fast 2/4 (64 measures) 1:48 & repeat 12. Rond de JambeenL’Air Begiak Parrez Parrez /The Smile in Your Eyes 3/8 (32 measures) 1:19 & repeat 13. Adagio No.1 Ara Nun Diran / My Village Once Again 4/4 (32 measures) 3:13 14. Adagio No.2 Aurtxo Txikia / Cradle Song 2/4 (32 measures) 2:07 15. Grand Battement Egunda Santimamiňa / The Day of San Mames 4/4 (32 measures) 1:17 & repeat 16. StretchBayonatik Bilbora / Bayonneto Bilbao 4/4 (56 measures) 3:05 & repeat
CD 2 CENTER 1. Tendu Kalejira / Passacaglia 6/8 (32measures) 1:16 2. Jeté BasqueRhapsody 2/4 (65measures) 2:09 3. Fondu & PromenadeMaite 5/8 (34measures) 2:15 4. Adagio No.1 Baldorba 4/4 (48measures) 3:19 5. Adagio No.2 Santa Agueda 6/8 (62measures) 2:05 6. Turns (slower)Haurrak / Children, Play 3/8 (64measures) 2:30 7. Turns (faster) Pipa Artuta / Smoking pipe 3/8 (96measures) 2:45 8. Small jumps No.1Biribilketa / Joyful Dance 6/8 (64measures) 1:17 9. Small jumps No.2 Festiva/ Festival 2/4 (32measures) 0:40 10. Medium jumps No.1Iriyarena / Parade of the Drums 3/8 (64measures) 1:24 11. Medium jumps No.2Iriyarena No.2 / Parade of the Drums 3/8 (64measures) 1:25 12. Medium jumps No.3 Fandango 3/8 (128measures) 1:40 13. Big jumps No.1 Anton I Eta Anton 3/8 (96measures) 1:39 14. Big Jumps No.2 Forjarien Kanta/The Iron Worker´s Song 3/4 (96measures) 2:27 15. Reverance Maria Solt Eta Kastero / When Old Lovers Meet Again 3/4 (32measures) 1:46 16. Jota!Viva Navarra! 3/4 (294measures) 5:38
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