Palatin Piano-Violin Pieces
Palatín’s compositional style, despite its own character was influenced by other works and composers and therefore we find a certain eclecticism in his work. What is a constant in the Romantic style is his use of free form that allows expression to be unleashed without being subject to the musical form.
Andaluza (1917). With an Andalusian dance character, this piece shows Palatín´s taste for folkloric-inspired music. Floresta (1915). This lyrical work evokes extra-musical poetic elements in the style of Robert Schumann. Carmen´s Fantasy (1882). This fantasy includes themes of the famous Bizet opera like the famous habanera. Elegía (1876). Dedicated to the widowed Duchess of Medinaceli. Avispas (Wasps), (1878/9). Probably inspired by Francoise Schubert’s bee. Mazurka sentimental (1916). A piece of central European inspiration and great lyricism. Impromptu (Babiole), (1880). Bagatelle with a jocular and cheerful character. Fantasía Española (1880). This piece links and develops in an elegant and virtuous way popular Spanish themes among which we can find El Vito or an Aragonese Jota, echoing popular songs. Meditación. A piece with a calm and evocative character where the violin sings with total prominence. Cuento alegre, 1916 y Cuento triste, 1921. These two pieces are of Central European flavor and to which Palatín tries to give a certain literary entity. Bluette. Gavotta that allows Palatín to express his compositional grace and elegance. La Maja coqueta (1917). This piece has a traditional and zarzuelan-like spirit where the violin shines with elegance.
There is no doubt that these pieces for violin are written with the intention to display the instrument either for its lyricism or to show its acrobatic possibilities. But this does not affect the musical beauty of his compositions because when he makes the violin sing he writes melodies of precious and original workmanship. In the same manner, the virtuosic pieces are not exempt from artistic interest.