PIANO PIECES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 100 YEARS OF AGE
Federico Ruiz. Edited by Clara Rodriguez. Spartan Press (SP 1188)
Review. Pianist Magazine April-May 2014
By Michael McMillan
If you’ve heard of Federico Ruiz, it’s probably because you’ve come across the Venezuelan composer’s touching miniature called The Little Peruvian Girl, which is currently on the ABRSM’s grade 4 syllabus. The Little Peruvian Girl is one of 15 pieces in this amusingly titled collection written between 1982 and 1994. The music can generally be described as a blend of folk-like melodies and Latin flavours with occasional forays into a more impressionistic soundworld. The pieces are one to five pages long, at Grades 3-6, Dictator rides a moped and Cha-cha-cha for Madalit are highlights, and they are edited here by Clara Rodriguez, a dedicatee of several piano works by the composer. If you’d like to have a listen to the pieces, Rodriguez has recorded the complete collection for Nimbus Alliance.