Canal March

Tárrega's Memories of the Alhambra

Rafael Aguirre, guitarra

Memories of The Alhambra by Francisco Tárrega

The trend known as musical “alhambrismo” emerged in Spain at the end of the nineteenth century, as part of the rise of nationalism and an interest in the picturesque. The Alhambra was appealing for both its medieval chronology and its oriental origins, and numerous artists, Spanish and foreign alike, evoked the extraordinary Nasrid construction in their works. One of the most significant is Recuerdos de la Alhambra, composed by the guitarist Francisco Tárrega in 1896. This small-scale, evocative piece is divided into two sections (the first in a minor key and the second in the major) and makes extensive use of the tremolo, a guitar technique that served to evoke the arabesques that decorate the walls of the monument located in the city of Granada.

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