A study of Federico Mompou's Variations sur un thème de Chopin
Federico Mompou (1893 - 1987) was a Catalan composer often compared to Satie, Debussy, and Ravel, composing mainly for solo piano and voice. His piano works have become a favorite in the teaching repertoire as well as the performance repertoire. Concert pianists such as Alicia De Laroccha and Stephen Hough have performed and recorded Mompou's compositions. Variations sur un thème de Chopin, one of Mompou's larger piano works, has become a standard piece for performance. It is an extensive work for solo piano based on Chopin's Prelude in A Major, Op. 28 No. 7. This document provides a study of Mompou's Variations sur un thème de Chopin, focusing on his adaptation of Chopin's motives, harmonies, and stylistic characteristics; influences from other composers are also considered where pertinent. Several books and dissertations include analyses of various Mompou compositions; however, none have sufficiently covered the large work Variations sur un thème de Chopin. This study provides an investigation of an important Mompou piece and contributes to the continuing scholarly research of this Catalan composer and his compositions.