18 August 2010

Joaquin Malats: Serenata Española

 I am reposting a piece of music which I had originally posted some time ago. Thanks to a comment, I remembered how brilliant this piece of music is, both as a composition and as a performance.

Joaquin Malats (1872-1912) was a Catalan composer and pianist from Barcelona. One of his most melodic pieces is the Serenata Española. It was written for piano but it is its guitar transcription by the great composer and guitarist Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)  that is well-known.  Often transcriptions surpass the original composition and this one (click here for the score) is so well-made that it really makes the instrument sing. Of course, it was not done by an arbitrary person but by Tárrega, one of the greatest guitarists. He knew the instrument well.

In the video below we can see Julian Bream perform the piece. Notice the nuances, the expressions, the slurs, the colour of its performance.  Truly outstanding!



Incidentally, the score linked above is provided by the site of Jean-François Delcamp, a site devoted to classical guitar, containing both music scores and audio files.

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful piece and beautiful playing!

    although for some bizarre reason, the interview with Bream reminded me strongly of John Cleese talking to the camera around 1:25 in

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK92NYwBMts

    even up to the moody black background...

    James

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  2. Wonderful serenade, beautifully interpreted! Thanks for re-posting : I do too especially for the newer members at my site.

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