Iberia (Albéniz, Isaac)

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 Complete Score (scan) (Preview)
#313242 - 25.26MB, 161 pp. -  6.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (10- V/V/V - 2740x

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 Complete score (all 4 books) (Preview)
#01256 - 8.90MB, 161 pp. -  5.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (21- V/V/V - 19451x

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First edition

Publisher Info.:

Paris: Edition Mutuelle, 1906-1908. Plates E. 3083-3086. M.

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Mineola: Dover Publications, 1987.

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 Cahier 1
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 Cahier 2
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 Cahier 3
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 Cahier 4
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Albeniz iberia 1.pdf
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Paris: Edition Mutuelle, 1906-1908. Plates E. 3083.-3086. M.

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Madrid: Unión Musical Española, n.d.(ca.1915)

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Public Domain [tag/del]

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Triana (No.6)

For Piano solo (Godowsky)

 Complete Score (EU)
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Arranger:

Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)

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New York: Carl Fischer, 1938. Plate 29542

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Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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Concert arrangement

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Cahier 1

1. Evocación
2. El puerto
3. Fête-dieu à Seville

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General Information

Work Title Iberia
Alternative Title 12 Impresiones Españolas
Composer Albéniz, Isaac
Movements/Sections 12 pieces in 4 books
  • Cahier 1 (1906)
1. Evocación
2. El puerto
3. El Corpus en Sevilla
  • Cahier 2 (1906)
4. Rondeña
5. Almeria
6. Triana
  • Cahier 3 (1907)
7. El Albaicín
8. El Polo
9. Lavapiés
  • Cahier 4 (1908)
10. Málaga
11. Jérez
12. Eritaña
Year/Date of Composition 1905-1908
First Publication 1906
Dedication Madame Ernest Chausson (Cahier 1)
Blanche Selva (Cahier 2)
Marguerite Hasselmans (Cahier 3)
Madame Pierre Lalo (Cahier 4)
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Piano (solo)
External Links Wikipedia article


Misc. Comments

One of the most important works in the Spanish piano literature. Iberia is a wonderful mixture of Spanish music with impressionist influences. It is probably one of the most dificult Spanish works, with Granados' Goyescas or Falla's Fantasía Baetica.

In the first book, we find Evocación, a little easy introduction to Iberia; El Puerto - de Cádiz? - [The Cadiz Port], a very funny zapateado - an Andalusian dance; and the impressive El Corpus en Sevilla [The Corpus-Christi in Seville], a musical version of the story of these celebrations.

The Rondeña is the first dance in Iberia's second book. It is based in peteneras, Andalusian dances with continuous metric change - 3/4 and 6/8. After that comes the famous Almería with the copla based in a fandango - a Spanish dance. Triana - a popular Sevillian district - is probably the most brilliant piece in the whole collection. It is a fireworks' spectacle of Andalusian essence with an important gitana influence.

In Albaicín, Albéniz expresses his vision of Granada's gyspy district. It has more melancholy than any other piece in Iberia. El Polo is a palo flamenco, a flamenco dance in which the cantaor sings with a supernatural anguish. Lavapiés, not "feet washing" but one of the most popular Madrilenian districts, is a habanera - a Spanish dance with Cuban origins - devoid of Spanish frivolities, but with an apotheosis of lo castizo. The spectacular Málaga is full of movement so typical of the malagueñas - Andalusian dances in flamenco style. It demands a completely overwhelming virtuosity. In Jerez - a little Spanish city between Huelva and Portugal with an important agricultural industry -, Albéniz gives us one of the most exquisite coplas with a dense compositional texture. Finally, the brilliant and happy Eritaña has a determination that hardly requires further interpretation.


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