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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.
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.
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.
+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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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 ).
FÃªte-dieu Ã Seville (Fâ™¯ minor and Fâ™¯ 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 Spainâ€™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, itâ€™s a huge event, hence the party reference. In Spanish the title is â€œEl Corpus Christi en Sevillaâ€ (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. Iâ€™m not certain of the melody at 13:35 but I think they are â€œSaetasâ€, a special art form of Moorish melodies sung from balcony to balcony as the parade goes on below, with characteristic pauses. Since Iâ€™m not Spaniard , I may not be completely accurate but thatâ€™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 itâ€™s a fascinating suite of works.
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: