Isaac Albéniz music is now in our library!
A new composer is now available in our library: Isaac Albéniz. In our section dedicated to Isaac Albéniz you will find the most known pieces of this composer, and what is better. for free.
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. However, many of his works have been transcribed by Miguel Llobet and others for guitar, and many of his pieces such as Asturias (Leyenda), Granada, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cordoba, Cataluña, and theTango in D are amongst the most important pieces for classical guitar. The personal papers of Isaac Albéniz are preserved, among other institutions, in the Biblioteca de Catalunya.”
Albéniz’s influence on the future of Spanish music was profound. His activities as conductor, performer and composer significantly raised the profile of Spanish music abroad and encouraged Spanish music and musicians in his own country.
In transcription, Albéniz’s works have become an important part of the repertoire of the classical guitar. Asturias (Leyenda) in particular is heard most often on the guitar, as areGranada, Sevilla, Cadiz, Cataluña, Cordoba and the Tango in D. Gordon Crosskey and Cuban-born guitarist Manuel Barrueco have both made solo guitar arrangements of six of the eight-movement Suite espanola. Selections from Iberia have rarely been attempted on solo guitar but have been very effectively performed by guitar ensembles, such as the performance by John Williams and Julian Bream of Iberia’s opening “Evocation.” The Doors incorporated “Asturias” into their song “Spanish Caravan”; also, Iron Maiden’s To Tame a Land uses the introduction of the piece for the song bridge; and more recently, a guitar version of Granada functions as something of a love theme in Woody Allen’s 2008 film Vicky Cristina Barcelona
In 1997 the Fundación Isaac Albéniz was founded in his name to promote Spanish music and musicians and to act as a research centre for Albéniz and Spanish music in general.