Asturias (Leyenda) is one of the most widespread compositions of the Spanish piano composer Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (29 May 1860 – 18 May 1909). As expected, this masterpiece was originally written for piano (in G minor) and was named Leyenda by the composer, however the guitar transcription has known unprecedented worldwide acceptance and the name that prevailed after Albeniz’s death is Asturias. Walter Aaron Clark, Albeniz’s biographer, refered to the piece as “pure Andalusian flamenco”. Both sections of the piece are written in flamengo form with the main theme suggesting the rythm of buleria (fast flamengo form), while mimicing the thumb-fingers alternating technique of classical guitar.
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Dream in the Forest”) also known as Souvenir d’un Reve was possibly written in 1917 and recorded on 1929 by Agustín Barrios Mangoré. In this classical masterpiece, Agustín Barrios Mangoré mixes his influences from the Paraguayan culture, with his revenence of Chopin. The innovation of the composer is the addition of non-tremolo sections, exhibiting the expressive potential of classical guitar through other techniques such as a guitar version of portamento (stinging downslides on certain notes), arpeggios, scales and chords. As for the tremolo section, it features an accompaniment in the lower strings under the tremolo melody.
In addition to Kyuhee Park’s exceptional interpretation, we quote phenomenal interpretations from other renowned world class guitarists, performing “Un Sueño en la Floresta”. We could not omit artists such as John Williams, David Russel or Berta Rojas:
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