About the Project

The Spanish Piano Music Project

Spain is formed by different autonomous communities (regions), each of which has its own unique folklore. While flamenco, the music from Andalusia located in the south of the peninsula, is generally considered to be the only folklore of Spain, there are many various styles of Spanish music. The Spanish national music style has different identities depending on the region, from Andalusia to Basque Country, Catalonia, Levant, Galicia, and Aragon, among other areas. The individuality of each community creates fragmentations of Spanish music that cannot be identified as a united whole.

The association of Spanish music to the distinct flamenco style started when composers from other parts of the world introduced this style to their works with considerable success. The resulting popularity of flamenco forever linked Spain to its specific sound, conjuring stereotypical images of Spanish bailaoras and bullfighters in peoples’ minds. Perhaps the most well known example of flamenco is the opera Carmen composed by Georges Bizet.

This project’s intention is to provide information, context, and pedagogical resources that will allow students and teachers to perform Spanish music with a stronger understanding of Spanish culture and identity. Understanding the folklore behind the music and performing a culturally-informed piece is a wonderful way to approach different types of music. Students can feel more engaged and eager to explore new cultures and musical techniques. It also provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to expand and diversify repertoires with new ideas and frameworks from different countries.

Marina Bengoa, creator of Spanish Piano Music, sitting at her piano.

Hi, I’m Marina Bengoa and I’m a pianist from Madrid, Spain.

I’ve been exposed to Spanish piano music my whole life. Since I was a child, Spanish piano music has been part of my repertoire. I studied in a Conservatory school, Padre Antonio Soler, in El Escorial starting when I was seven years old. Without a doubt, this music is a core part of my identity.

As a Spanish native, I have experienced firsthand the variety of festivities,
dances, and instruments that are part of our rich cultural background. Important pianists including Alicia de Larrocha, Joaquín Achúcarro, and Josep Colom are an essential source of inspiration for listening, feeling, and understanding this music.

To learn more about me, visit marinabengoa.com.

Hi, I’m Meghan Joyce. I’m a graphic and UX designer from Atlanta, GA.

I am a compassionate designer, researcher, and non-stop learner on a quest to make life more beautifully functional through accessible and sustainable design.

Visual design has always been my calling. After working in communications and marketing for several years I began asking myself how I could make my work better, not just visually, but also functionally. I completed a user experience design course in 2020 and am currently consulting on website projects. I am also the Brand Manager for ETi Material Handling where I enforce brand standards, support sales by creating and formatting documents and presentations, and manage our website and social media channels.

To learn more about me, visit me on LinkedIn.

Special Thanks to the Following People:

Dr. Margret Gries from the University of Oregon for her expertise in the keyboard music of 18th century and for her support and ideas.

Dr. Alexandre Dossin from the University of Oregon for his continued support in piano and for his valuable advice for this project. You can visit Dr. Dossin at dossin.net.

Dr. Juan Eduardo Wolf from the University of Oregon for his wonderful ideas and advice.

Dr. Grace Ho from the University of Oregon for her continuous support, mentorship, help, and corrections. This project would have been impossible without her. You can visit Dr. Ho at pianograce.com.