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A high school girlfriend taught me some flamenco patterns on the guitar in the late 1950s, and my taste for Spanish music was born. Five years later, I learned Triana while I was studying with Jens Nygaard and with Rosina Lhévinne at Juilliard. I loved it, and I looked longingly at the other eleven pieces in Iberia, all extremely difficult. One, Lavapiés, is so dense it is impossible to even read. My dream was deferred for forty-five years. Then, in 2008, inspired by hearing a wonderful recording by the late Esteban Sánchez, and being encouraged by David Dubal and others, I started the journey of learning the entire set of twelve. Once learned, I was fortunate to have Victor Elmaleh sponsor this CD recording, just as he did for other pianists in the Victor Elmaleh Collection. (Originally released as VEC 101, it is now also SR 101 in Schaaf Records.)