Maximo Diego Pujol suggests a trip in Buenos Aires, to discover 3 districts which are very important for him. The first piece, Villa Pueyrredon is the district where he is born, the second piece, Villa Real is the district where were organized popular party and Carnaval and the third piece, Plaza Italia, is an area in front of the zoo.
Villa Pueyrredón, Plaza Italia y Villa Real son tres barrios de Buenos Aires que tienen gran importancia en mi historia personal. En particular Villa Pueyrredón que es el barrio donde naci. Villa Real es un pequeño barrio veocino en donde, en mi juventud se hacían enormes fiestas populares para la época de Carnaval. La Plaza Italia es un pequeño Terreno redonde situado justo en frende del Jardín Zoológico de Buenos Aires.
Engaging Pujol pieces visit his past
The three pieces in this book are all based on experiences from Argentine composer Maximo Diego Pujol's early years. Villa Pueyrredon is the neighbourhood where he was born, Villa Real is where he went to the local carnival, and Plaza Italia is an area in front of the zoological gardens in Buenos Aires. These three pieces have all appeared in print before in a collection of Argentinian works edited by Victor Villadangos.
Even though Pujol frequently has openly duplicated the style of his compatriot Astor Piazzolla in some of his compositions, he has unquestionably also developed his own distinctive compositional style, and has proven to be a wonderfully poetic and inventive composer in his own right over the years.
Within these three works, we get all the ingredients we associate with this composer: they are brimming with exhilarating and exciting rhythms and include memorable melodies. One of this composer's great strengths is his ability to write powerful and passionate slow, lyrical passages. I think of the middle movement to his Sonatine, Septiembre (from Tres Piezas Rioplantenses), and the enchanting Verde Alma (from 4 Piezas Cristalinas), all highly emotive and moving compositions. The middle piece here, Plaza ltalia, while perhaps not quite in the same league as those others, is still a very lovely work.
Like most of Pujol's guitar works, this "suite" would easily slot nicely into any formal concert program of the advanced player.
Classical Guitar Magazine (Summer 2017)
Villa Pueyrredón - Plaza Italia - Villa Real
Máximo Diego Pujol (Buenos Aires, 1957) graduated in the Juan José Castro Conservatory with the Superior Guitar Professor title. His extensive education included instrumental and interpretation studies with Maestros Alfredo Vicente Gascón, Horacio Ceballos, Antonio de Raco, Miguel Angel Girollet, [...]