Guitar - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909). Arranged by Rod Whittle. Romantic Period. Individual Part. 5 pages. Published by Maggie Creek Music (S0.688317).
Item Number: S0.688317
For solo classical guitar. D tuning. 5 pages. The level of difficulty is intermediate.
Isaac Albéniz 1860 – 1909
Albéniz was born in the Gerona province of Spain. He was a child prodigy, first performing at
the age of four. As a boy, after trying to run away from home several times, he traveled the
world with his father giving concerts. He continued to perform, but became more and more
interested in composition, inspired by the folk music and dances of his native land.
Exceptional natural ability and years of learning, both in Spain and other European countries,
added distinction to his work, much of the best of it for piano.
Although he did not compose for guitar – a Spanish development and key to musical
expression there – it was a prominent influence in his writing, and a number of significant
classical guitar transcriptions have resulted from the piano pieces. Mallorca is from a
relatively early period of composition, about which Albéniz remarked, ' I believe that the
people are right when they continue to be moved by Córdoba, Mallorca, by the copla of
the Sevillanas, by the Serenata, and Granada. In all of them I now note that there is less
musical science, less of the grand idea, but more colour, sunlight, flavour of olives ... music of
youth, with its little sins and absurdities …' Classical guitarists have a lot to discover, and to
be grateful for, here.
Mallorca is a piece where it really pays to prepare by noting (and then attending to!) the
changes in dynamics and tempo, which are frequent.
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