Albeniz, I There are 8 products.

Born in 1860, Isaac Albéniz is best known for piano music that brilliantly evokes the spirit of Spain. As a composer-virtuoso, Albéniz successfully melded together composition and performance to create a bravura style reminiscent of the music of Liszt, seasoned with Spanish folk idioms. The work that most convincingly represents this synthesis of virtuosity and tradition is the enchantingly colorful and atmospheric Iberia, a suite of 12 pieces recalling Spanish (particularly Andalusian) places and dances. Albéniz used folklore as his inspiration, but created a singular melodic style, which eventually influenced Debussy and Ravel. Believing that artistic originality and an interest in one's national musical tradition do not exclude each other, Albéniz likewise was largely the creator of the Spanish musical idiom that would be adopted and developed by Granados and de Falla.

A child prodigy, Albéniz was accepted, at the age of seven, as a private pupil by Antoine-François Marmontel, the celebrated piano pedagogue whose students included Bizet and Debussy. Back in Spain within a year, he gave a concert tour and eventually entered the Madrid Conservatory. He soon ran away, concertized around Spain, and in 1872 stowed away on a ship sailing for Latin America. Upon his return to Europe the following year, he entered the Leipzig Conservatory, where he briefly studied with Carl Reinecke. Soon thereafter, a patron enabled him to enter Brussels Conservatory to study piano and composition. Albéniz won the conservatory's first prize in 1879; the following year, he obtained an audience with Franz Liszt in Budapest; for a while he joined the master's entourage and continued to work on his technique as a pianist. After more wandering through Europe and South America, he settled in Barcelona in 1883, married, and began a family.

By that time, Albéniz already had a reputation as a composer of brilliant salon music for the piano. Around 1890, he met Felipe Pedrell, a prominent musicologist, composer, and collector of folk songs. Following the encounter with Pedrell, Albéniz re-examined his work as a composer, deciding to seek new inspiration in the rich musical traditions of Spain. Not yet satisfied with his craftsmanship, Albéniz moved to Paris to study with Paul Dukas and Vincent d'Indy. The restless Albéniz somehow hung on to a job teaching piano at Paris' Schola Cantorum from 1893 to 1900; then he undertook further peregrinations, all the while working on his masterpiece, Iberia. An immensely popular work, Iberia has also been transcribed for orchestra; successful orchestral versions include Leopold Stokowski's orchestration of "Fête-Dieu à Seville." Another work which gained wide popularity as an orchestral transcription is the Tango for piano in D major. Albéniz also wrote for the stage; his lyric comedy Pepita Jiménez and several other works were produced in the 1890s. He died in 1909.

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  • For my fifth publishing for Edition Svitzer, I have arranged four pieces for piano by the Spanish composer Isaac Manuel Francisco Albeniz. 1. Malagueña "Rumores de la Caleta" (sextet) glockenspiel, vibraphone, 2 marimbas, castanets and timpani. 2. Malagueña op. 165, no. 3 (quintet) glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone and castanets. 3. Sevilla,...

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  • Sevilla (Sevillanas) originated as a movement within Isaac Albéniz’s Suite Española, Op. 47, for solo piano. The work consisted originally of four movements: Granada (Serenade), Cataluña (Courante), Sevilla (Sevillanas), and Cuba (Notturno). Albéniz composed the four original works in 1886, and they were subsequently grouped together in 1887 in honor of...

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  • As one of the most famous Spanish classical guitar pieces of the 20th century, Asturias-Leyenda by Albéniz has found its way to the rosewood bars of the marimba in many different renditions. Gifford Howarth's new arrangement can stand alone as its own marimba solo, or better yet can feature a large ensemble of mostly beginning-level accompaniment. This...

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  • Mateo de Pérez de Albéniz (c. 1755-1831) was a Spanish composer and theorist. He served as maestro de capilla (choirmaster) in churches in San Sebastian and Logroño. His compositions include a large number of sacred works including masses, Vespers, motets, and villancicos. Many of these pieces survive in manuscript at the various...

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  • Originally scored for piano, this prelude garnered worldwide popularity when Andrés Segovia transcribed and performed the work on guitar in the 1920s. Leyenda has since become known by some as the “quintessential Spanish guitar piece.” The vibraphone, due to its capability to sustain chords, execute independent melodic...

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  • Asturias is a familiar work of Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz and is best known to concert audiences in its guitar transcription. Rather than base his transcription on one of the many guitar editions, Leigh Howard Stevens went back to the original piano work which appears in Cantos de Espana Op. 232. Some of the subtle detail, like the split octaves...

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  • Four-Mallet Marimba arrangement of the popular work by Isaac Albeniz.

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