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Sevilla (tr. Mas Quiles)

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Isaac Albéniz

Isaac Albéniz (trans. Juan Vicente Mas Quiles)


This is the third movement of Albéniz's Suite Española.


General Info

Year:1886 / 1978
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Molenaar Edition
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €137.86   |   Score Only (print) - €22.94


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Cor anglais
Bassoon I-II
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
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba I-II
Timpani
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castagnettes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

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.


Movement 3. Sevilla starts with a characteristic sevillana, followed by a melancholic middle part in the form of a saeta, a typical Andalusian song which is improvised during the Holy Week processions.

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


Seville (Spanish: Sevilla) is the capital and largest city of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville. It is situated on the lower reaches of the River Guadalquivir, in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula. Seville has a municipal population of about 690,000 as of 2016, and a metropolitan population of about 1.5 million, making it the largest city in Andalusia, the fourth-largest city in Spain and the 26th most populous municipality in the European Union. Its old town contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.

Seville was founded as the Roman city of Hispalis. Owing to its role as gateway of the Spanish Empire's trans-atlantic trade, Seville became one of largest cities in Western Europe in the 16th century. Coinciding with the Baroque period, the 17th century in Seville represented the most brilliant flowering of the city's culture; then began a gradual economic and demographic decline as silting in the Guadalquivir forced the trade monopoly to relocate to the nearby port of Cádiz.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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