Asturias (Leyenda) by Albéniz (Free PDF)

Asturias (Leyenda) – No. 5 from Suite Española, Op. 47 by Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909).  Arranged for Classical Guitar. The level is fairly advanced (Grade 10). The notation PDF is free and if you want to purchase the TAB it is available. I’ve based this mainly on arrangement on the piano score and the John William’s performance. Join the Email Newsletter to get updates or help support the site & free music.

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Video Lessons & Performances of Asturias

My video lesson on for Asturias, 40min of walk-through and discussion. Watch Pepe Romero’s video below for a very similar performance of my edition. Youtube video lesson link (HD)

Pepe Romero’s fingering is very close to my edition, the upward arpeggios at 59 are different, but especially the inner rubato section with chords instead of harmonics is super similar. I’d start here.

Williams: I grew up listening to John Williams and still like his direct and rhythm approach.

Bustos: I like lots of what Busto’s is doing here but it’s different as are the following.

Isaac_AlbénizIsaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (Spanish pronunciation: [iˈsak alˈβeniθ]; 29 May 1860–18 May 1909) was a Spanish virtuoso pianist, composer, and conductor. He is one of the foremost composers of the Post-Romantic era who also had a significant influence on his contemporaries and younger composers. He is best known for his piano works based on Spanish folk music idioms.

Transcriptions of many of his pieces, such as Asturias (Leyenda), Granada, Sevilla, Cadiz, Córdoba, Cataluña, and the Tango in D, are important pieces for classical guitar, though he never composed for the guitar. The personal papers of Albéniz are preserved, among other institutions, in the Biblioteca de Catalunya. Read more via his Wiki Page.

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5 Comments

  1. THis is great ! But I am following you at page 46 of your method (volume 1). I hope you will have a detail guideline about this version someday. In fact, I prefer the version played by Sharon Isbin (here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIjfkYKKW54). Its like you are drinking a red wine. I heard John 16 years ago but he played it quick and strong not like Andrea Sagovia.

    Great thanks any way. A silent online student of yours from Vietnam.

  2. Mr Werner, would you please make a piece of La Caterdral for intermediate. I do like the rythm played by Mc Alister. Very much thank you.

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