This is the second movement of Albéniz's Suite Española.
Year:1886 / 1978
Duration: c. 3:10
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €137.86 | Score Only (print) - €22.94
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet/Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III, including:
- Crash Cymbals
None discovered thus far.
It was in 1886 that Isaac Albéniz started writing this eight-part suite for piano, shortly after his study period with Liszt. His manuscript only comprises the first three and the last of the actual set of eight pieces. The other parts were added, after the composer's death, by his publisher who extracted them from other compositions.
These impressions of various Spanish regions illustrate the composer's ingenuity in portraying characteristic rhythms and his ear for refreshing key changes. With the exception of Cataluña, all the pieces are ternary in structure, the central section being a 'copla', a sung interlude in a dance form, usually marking a turn from major to minor tonality.
2. Cataluña, the first part to be written, is dedicated to Albeniz's mother and is also an ode to his native region. It is a corranda, a somewhat mournful dance in 6/8.
Juan Mas Quiles wrote an orchestration for symphonic band of the first six parts - the last two, Cuba (Capricho) and Castilla (seguidillas) have been omitted of this arrangement.
- Program Note from publisher
Catalonia (or Cataluña) is an autonomous community in the northeastern corner of Spain, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city, Barcelona, is the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the fifth-most populous urban area in the European Union. It comprises most of the former Principality of Catalonia (with the remainder Roussillon now part of France's Pyrénées-Orientales). It is bordered by France (Occitanie) and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish, and the Aranese dialect of Occitan.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
None discovered thus far.
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Works for Winds by This Composer
- Aragón (tr. Mas Quiles). See: Suite Española
- Asturias (tr. Mas Quiles). See: Suite Española
- Cádiz (tr. Mas Quiles). See: Suite Española
- Cataluña (tr. Mas Quiles). See: Suite Española
- Fête-Dieu à Seville (1909/1968) (tr. Cailliet)
- Granada (arr. Hautvast) (1886/2009)
- Granada (tr. Mas Quiles). See: Suite Española
- The Legend of Asturias (arr. Lopez) (2010)
- Midsummer Night's Serenade
- Sevilla (tr. Loritz) (1886/2011)
- Sevilla (tr. Mas Quiles). See: Suite Española
- Sevilla (tr. Mule) (1886/1978)
- Sevilla (tr. Nowak) (1886/1974/1997)
- Suite Española (tr. Mas Quiles) (1886/1978)
- Tango in D
- Trois Pièces (arr. Mule) (1922)