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Does anyone know any good spanish songs for the piano ?

I have heard this one which I thought would be nice.



But it doesnt seem to work well on the piano, it seems to work on the guitar.



Is there anything written specifically for the piano ?

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Plenty. Enough for a lifetime, whatever your skill level.

Asturias came from this suite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT6GdusNZBo

Also, the famous Tango comes from this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSD5lYcyxhY

Not forgetting Granados's Spanish Dances:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnUKRllXl44


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There's the well-known Albeniz Tango

which I have played, but I find it quite awkward even though it looks simple enough
and here's an Albeniz Waltz (that I probably wouldn't even attempt!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HD6dfp3_2o

there must be others by Albeniz and Granados.....


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Charles Cooke had the following 3 on his repertoire list for consideration by his readers:
  • Granados - Andaluza (or Playera) from Danzas Españolas, Op. 37, No. 5 / grade: AGME 6, AMEB 7, NZMEB 7, Trinity 8, RCM 9, RIAM 9, McGrath 9/10
  • Isaac Albéniz - Malagueña from España, Op. 165, No. 3 / grade: NZMEB 5, AGME 6, AMEB 6/7, Piano Street 9, McGrath 9
  • Granados (incorrectly attributed to Navarro) - Oriental from Danzas Españolas, Op. 37, No. 2 / grade: NZMEB 7, RIAM 8, McGrath 9/10

Videos of these are at the link.


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The other well known Spanish composers are Manuel de Falla and Joachuin Turina (there are others of course).
Granados and Albeniz wrote for piano and not the guitar. They are often transcribed for guitar and work very well for that instrument.

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Try the Valses Poeticos by Enrique Granados. Some are harder than others. No. 6 might be the most accessible. All quite beautiful and the suite as a whole is lovely. (Link goes to YouTube, played by Alicia de Larrocha.


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Thank you.

I heard the first piece at a piano group and was just wandering more about other music.

It was more for listening rather than learning (sorry if not clear!) but I am enjoying listening to them on youtube (not on CD ;))

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You also might check the archives here for the Spanish / Latin Recital about 2 years ago. I love Piazzolla, for instance, but he's Latin rather than Spanish.


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My favorite is Enrique Granados' Goyescas, especially No 4, Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2RnaIckhBc

I wish Granados' life hadn't ended so early and tragically. He was at his prime.

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The first link by Paul Barton immediately reminded me of Thunderstruck by AC/DC, the guitar riff mostly. Now I wonder where the inspiration came from. laugh

+1 to Granados, there are a couple of pieces I can even play, around grade 4 ABRSM standard, you'l find some of them covered in pianist magazine. Very nice.


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Originally Posted by Lakeviewsteve
My favorite is Enrique Granados' Goyescas, especially No 4, Quejas o la Maja y el Ruiseñor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2RnaIckhBc

I wish Granados' life hadn't ended so early and tragically. He was at his prime.

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Originally Posted by Moo :)
Thank you.

I heard the first piece at a piano group and was just wandering more about other music.

It was more for listening rather than learning (sorry if not clear!) but I am enjoying listening to them on youtube (not on CD ;))

If it's Spanish music for listening rather than playing yourself, you can't do better than Albéniz's and Granados's magnum opuses - Iberia and Goyescas respectively:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R13GcRQSPxU (my favourite piece is the Corpus Christi procession in Seville, starting at 10:50)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0aVTPvYQ4Y

The music is immensely complicated, with lots of intricate inner lines and very dense textures.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKtrk6dgfsc - Falla's flamenco-on-the-piano offering



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Thank you Mr Ben.

I am listening to Seville, from 13:35 it sounds like something I've heard before, not sure.

But the title is in french, Fete-dieu a Seville ?

What does it mean - God's party / God's birthday? in Seville ?

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Originally Posted by Moo :)


I am listening to Seville, from 13:35 it sounds like something I've heard before, not sure.

But the title is in french, Fete-dieu a Seville ?

What does it mean - God's party / God's birthday? in Seville ?

It has different titles - I just think of it as a religious procession that becomes ever more rowdy and raucous, before calming down again (and I've witnessed quite a few of these in Central and South America grin).

Fête-dieu à Seville (F♯ minor and F♯ major) (alternative titles sometimes found: Corpus Christi; El Corpus en Sevilla), describing the Corpus Christi Day procession in Seville, during which the Corpus Christi is carried through the streets accompanied by marching bands. Musically, this piece consists of a processional march that eventually becomes overwhelmed by a mournful saeta, the melody evoking Andalusian cante jondo and the accompaniment evoking flamenco guitars. The march and saeta alternate ever more loudly until the main march theme is restated as a lively tarantella that ends abruptly with a flamboyant fffff climactic chord; the piece concludes with a gentle coda again evoking flamenco guitars along with distant church bells.


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Hispanic Amateur pianist here (Puerto Rican but a little familiar with Spain’s music). The title in French refers to the annual Good Friday procession in Seville, with floats, religious figures like Christ and the Virgin Mary, it’s a huge event, hence the party reference. In Spanish the title is “El Corpus Christi en Sevilla” (the body of Christ in Sevilla). Curiously, the main tune is a Folk Tune from a different part of Spain, called La Tarara, very familiar to me since my sister used to sing this with the guitar when we were kids. I’m not certain of the melody at 13:35 but I think they are “Saetas”, a special art form of Moorish melodies sung from balcony to balcony as the parade goes on below, with characteristic pauses. Since I’m not Spaniard , I may not be completely accurate but that’s my understanding. I happen to be obsessed with Iberia pieces and have tried to play several ones, including this one, which I could never finish, but it’s a fascinating suite of works.

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Thank you very interesting.

Unfortunately it is not a cultured reason, I recognise it as it was music from a computer game.


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Here's a voice/guitar version of La Tarara. That folk song has been done in umpteen million styles, many of them unrecognizable to me, but this one is a bit one closer to the version I heard as a child:

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This one is a Saeta,(starts around :25 s) during a Holy Week procession in Andalusia, I think this is what Albeniz was trying to portray:


And here's a lady singing a saeta from the balcony around :32 s

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More for listening:

Manuel deFalla

Fantasia Baetica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKtrk6dgfsc
El sombrero de tres picos danzas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrf9uyjODgc
Ritual Fire Dance a la Lang Lang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj6_5qWZCDY
Dance of Terror
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JNYeYtSsGY

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