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Sevilla (tr. Nowak)

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Isaac Albéniz

Isaac Albéniz (trans. Jerry Nowak)


Subtitle: (Sevillanas)


General Info

Year: 1886 / 1974 / 1997
Duration:
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Musicians Publications
Cost: Score and Parts – $50.00

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Instrumentation

Condensed Score
Flute I-II-III (I doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Castenets
  • Mallets
  • Snare Drum


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


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State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Albeniz, I.; Nowak, J. (1993). Sevilla = (Sevillanas) [score]. Music Express: [Ledyard, Conn.].