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Leyenda- Asturias by Isaac Albeniz


By Isaac Albeniz

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Composed by Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909). Arranged by Apostolos Paraskevas. Repertoire, European, Recital. Performance. Published by Silver Sickle Publications (S0.699973).

Item Number: S0.699973

Asturias, original titlePreludio, also called Asturias-Leyenda is a solo pianopiece written in the early 1890s by Catalan composer and pianist Isaac Albénizusing rolled chords that effectively evoke the strumming of a guitar. In fact,the version usually played is a transcription of the original piano piece forguitar. Despite being called Asturias—whichis the name of a northern region of Spain the piece powerfully evokes thedistinctive flamenco, or gypsy, music of Andalusia, the southernmost region ofthe country.  Written while he was livingoutside his homeland, it was intended to conjure the Alhambra, the palace andfortress of the Moorish, monarchs of Granada. The composition has two mainmelodies. First comes a determined, driving theme that builds in energy. A moremelancholy middle section follows. After the contemplative middle section, theopening melody returns and brings the piece to its conclusion.

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