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Sevilla (tr. Mule)

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Isaac Albéniz

Isaac Albéniz (trans. Marcel Mule)


Subtitle: Third Movement of the Suite española no. 1, op. 47


General Info

Year: 1886 / 1978
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Billaudot
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €11.37


Instrumentation

Full Score
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Albéniz is considered to be the father of Spanish national music per se. Incorporating rhythms and melodies typical of Spanish folk music, he succeeded in embedding folkloristic elements in virtuoso compositions for the piano.

Sevilla is the third movement of the Suite Española No. 1 for Piano, Op. 47. The final version of the suite contains eight characteristic pieces. The title of each one of them refers to a geographical region or city in Spain – including Cuba!

The folkloristic and improvisational character of Sevilla results from memorable motifs with characteristic embellishments in the melody -- the imitation of other instruments (guitar, castanets . . .) in the setting for piano, asymmetrical phrases, the unexpected appearance of new motifs, noticeable fluctuations in tempo and dynamics, unanticipated modulations, the “faulty” compositional structure (e.g., octave parallels between melody and bass), and especially from the rhapsody-like middle part with its virtuoso and at the same time cantabile melody in the upper part.

- Program Note from Advance Music


Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


Performances

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Resources

  • Albéniz, I.; Mule, M. (1978). Sevilla [score]. G. Billaudot: Paris.