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 Isaac Albniz Asturias

Isaac Albéniz, "Asturias"

Transcription and Fingering: Renato Bellucci

Isaac Albéniz

Nationalism is the European movement that saw Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albéniz as its leading Iberian (Spanish) representatives.  Beethoven's  Ninth Symphony was 34 years old when Albéniz was born. Tolstoi, the movies, Freud, Gandhi and the Vatican Council I were also contemporaries. His work was written for piano. Being Albéniz such a Spaniard, the guitar simply seems to be the instrument he first had in mind when composing. 

He was born in Camprodon a small town just a few miles South of the French Border at the feet of the imposing Pyrenees mountains.
His music is also impregnated with some South American sounds due to the fact that when he was still a young boy, he traveled and lived in several South American countries such as  Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Cuba. Between 1905 and 1908 he composes his greatest work: The Suite Iberia. Still considered the greatest Spanish contribution to the piano repertoire and, involuntarily, one of the greatest guitar collections. There is not a single guitarist in the world who does not incorporate an Albéniz piece to his repertoire.


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Asturias, Isaac Albeniz. Punta del Este, Uruguay.

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I have been asked many times by my students why I insist that the starting sequence of Bs  starts with an m-i sequence and not with an i-m. I can only say this: I played both and m-i works better. It seems reasonable to think that, being Asturias almost a tremolo (p-a-m-i with the missing a leaving us with p-m-i) it is logical that we follow the same pattern going from the outside of the hand inside.

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