España Cañi

From Wind Repertory Project
Pascual Marquina

Pascual Marquina (arr. Robert Longfield)

General Info

Year: 1921 / 1998
Duration: c. 3:30
Difficulty: III-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts - $65.00   |   Score Only - $6.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Maracas
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fiery rhythms and flowing Spanish melodies make this one of the most famous of all the great "paso dobles", and Robert Longfield's exceptional new arrangement makes it real a showstopper for band.

- Program Note from publisher

España Cañí (meaning "Gypsy Spain" in Spanish ) is a famous instrumental Spanish piece of pasodoble music by Pascual Marquina Narro (1873-1948). The song was written around 1921. It is also known as the Spanish Gypsy Dance. The work was composed on a train ride to Madrid, inspired by the rattle of the train. Originally bearing the name of The Cañí Patternmaker, it was dedicated to José López de la Osa. The work was premiered in Almansa (where José López lived) at his door, performed by the band Engineers of Madrid.

Its main refrain (eight bars of arpeggiated chords that go from E major to F major (with added 4 instead of 5) to G major and back) is arguably the best known snippet of Spanish music ever, and is popular worldwide. Besides its traditional use as background music in bullfights in Spain and elsewhere, it is sometimes played (refrain only) to arouse local crowds in baseball matches in the United States. The Beatles in their early club days in Liverpool played the song. It is often used by the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Muchachos Drum and Bugle Corps of Manchester, N.H., as a closer.

Several arrangements of the tune are often used for the ballroom paso doble dance (to the point that, amongst ballroom dancers, it is known as "the paso doble song" as it is very commonly played in competition due to the need for specific choreography for successful competition paso). It is also a popular chant by supporters of Eskisehirspor (Turkey) and St. Johnstone (Scotland).

- Program Note from Wikipedia

España Cañi has been one of the band world's most popular paso dobles for many years. Known equally well at the bullfight arena and in the concert hall, the mood of the work is set at the opening with staccato rhythm patterns played at a deliberate tempo -- as if from a distance. Unlike the typical military or concert march, the paso doble is often performed at a tempo which may vary from time to time, depending on both the circumstances of the performance and the apparent wishes of the composer. Marquina's varied experiences in the musical and social life of Spain obviously helped him in the composition of this imaginative and exciting paso doble.

- Program Notes from Program Notes for Band


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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