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Skies over Spain

concert number 49



Isaac Albeniz Cantos de España (Songs of Spain) Op. 232 [26’]
I. Prélude
II. Orientale
III. Sous le palmier
IV. Córdoba
V. Seguidillas
Enrique Granados 6 Piezas sobre cantos populares españoles (6 Pieces on Spanish Folksongs) [25’]
I. Añoranza
II. Ecos de la parranda
III. Vascongada
IV. Marcha oriental
V. Zambra
VI. Zapateado


Isaac Albeniz Iberia (selection) [19’]

Evocación [6’]

Triana [5’]

El Albaicín [8’]

Concert description


When we talk of “national” movements in music, we usually mean the revivals that took place in Czechia, Russia or Norway in the second half of the 19th century, meant to rid the local scenes of German or Italian influences. We tend to associate those artistic movements with political ones, especially as regards places where music became yet another frontline of the struggle for national identity. With time, the group of countries aiming to leave behind foreign aesthetics was joined by England, France and Spain.

In the latter, among those who revived the music drawing on local forms we need to mention Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Joaquín Rodrigo, Manuel de Falla, and Francisco Tárrega. For their inspiration, they would often use traditional and folk songs: it is enough to mention Granados’s Piezas sobre cantos populares españoles or Cantos de España by Albéniz. They saw music as a tool for portraying the landscape and the character of their land. In Evocación from Albéniz’s masterful Iberia we will hear dance music of southern Spain: fandango and jota. In Triana: there is reminiscence of the Gypsy music of Seville. El Albaicín, on the other hand, is meant to portray Granada.

Dominika Micał, “Ruch Muzyczny”