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. You can also find the tab as a hardcopy in my Classical Guitar Tab book on Amazon. 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 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.