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Sevilla from Suite Española

Composer: Isaac Albéniz

Instrument: Flute Quartet

Level: Intermediate

Published: 2014

Price: €22.00

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  • Description +
    • Arranged by Lior Eitan
      Duration: 5 min.

      Isaac Albéniz’s Suite española, Op. 47, is a suite for solo piano. It is mainly composed of works written in 1886 which were grouped together in 1887, in honour of the Queen of Spain. Like many of Albeniz’s works for the piano, these pieces depict different regions and musical styles in Spain.

      The work originally consisted of four pieces: Granada, Cataluña, Sevilla and Cuba. Cádiz, Asturias, Aragón and Castilla were added in 1912, after the composer's death.

      Sevillanas are a type of folk music and dance of Seville and its region. They were derived from the Seguidilla, an old Castilian folk music and dance genre. In the nineteenth century they were influenced by Flamenco. They have a relatively limited musical pattern but are rich in lyrics based on country life.

      Sevilla was premiered by Albeniz himself on 24 January 1885. Since it has been transcribed for classical guitar it has become one of the most important works of the classical guitar repertoire.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Flute Quartet

  • About the composer +
    • Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (29 May 1860–18 May 1909) was a Spanish pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms. Transcriptions of many of his pieces, such as Asturias (Leyenda), Granada, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba, Cataluña, and the Tango in D, are important pieces for classical guitar, though he never composed for the guitar. The personal papers of Albéniz are preserved, among other institutions, in the Biblioteca de Catalunya.

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout:  Ronni Kot Wenzell
      Engraving: Ary Golomb
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
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