Yes I've always wondered what the original key of this piece was. I'm going to say that F# is the original key and that Segovia thought it way too hard to play in that key because of the stretches so he transposed down a whole step to E where it's much easier to play. He also changed a few harmonies/chords and rhythms here and there as he edited many of the pieces written for him and he wanted to match how he hears this melody in his head.gstinson wrote: ↑Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:17 amGoing through a pile of old music the other day, I came across a copy of Burgalesa that a former student of mine brought back from a summer studying in Spain. This was back in the 70's. It's a xerox copy of a handwritten part in the key of E. Seems to be a Segovia version. However, I see that Julian Bream, David Russell and many others play it in F#. I've also heard the version in G, which is supposedly the change made by Cesar Amaro and Torroba himself. Key change aside, there are some other differences, which to my ear were stronger in the earlier (E) version. Does anyone know how/why these changes came about?
- m3, m11, m27 - my old version has dotted eighth/sixteenth/eight rhythm in the melody. The newer recordings play straight eighth notes.
- m7, m31 - old version has a ii7 (e.g. F#min7 in the E version) on beat 1. Newer recordings play a IV chord.
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