A small tribute to Rafael Puyana

This is a bit of a departure from our usual programming, but maybe some of you will enjoy it.

A few years ago, passing time in a heavy metal record store in Providence while my ride arrived, I found a record of duets by John Williams (not the one who wrote the Star Wars soundtrack; the other one) and Rafael Puyana. (Jordi Savall sits in on a few tracks.) You never know what you’ll find.

In one of those strange coincidences (?), I put this record on two days ago for the first time in many months; the next day I woke up to the news that Rafael Puyana had passed away. This is a small tribute to him.


Puyana was Colombia’s best known classical musician. Being Colombians, Colombians like to say that he was the best harpsichord player in the world. I don’t know what that means, but I do like his music. Here’s a nice short piece by Mexican composer Miguel Ponce:

Here’s a heavier, more adventurous piece – Stephen Dodgson’s “Due Concertante”. I can’t say I liked it right away but it grew on me, and anyone shopping at a metal record store would appreciate the ending.


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