Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe

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Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe

Post by ameriken » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:16 am

Haven't read through the whole thing yet but I just found this analysis of Capricho Árabe. I hope we can all learn something from it.

https://www.smashwords.com/extreader/re ... icho-arabe
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Re: Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe

Post by Tony Hyman » Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:21 am

Thank you for this.I will have a good look at it.I see its quite a mouth full. :o :o

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Re: Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe

Post by ameriken » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:35 pm

Yes it is, it's gonna take me a few good looks at it. :wink:
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Re: Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe

Post by Rick Beauregard » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:19 am

Interesting with all the analysis and interpretation of meaning and "affect" the composer was striving for, he never mentions that the subtitle is "Serenata." It's a serenade. Or that it is simply an Arab "cappricio", a whim, a fancy.

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Re: Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:21 am

Rick Beauregard wrote:
Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:19 am
Interesting with all the analysis and interpretation of meaning and "affect" the composer was striving for, he never mentions that the subtitle is "Serenata." It's a serenade. Or that it is simply an Arab "cappricio", a whim, a fancy.
Serenata seems to have a slightly more nuanced meaning to Spanish speakers - can't remember exactly how though! But yes, I thought the article was well intentioned but rather padded out, and missed quite a few things. Like, how come something with a title implying whimsy is so highly structured? Like, why does it in fact not sound that Arabic (compared to several Albeniz pieces that one might assume Tarrega knew)? And that the author's concern to understand how a piece should be played never discusses how/why historically players have almost completely ignored many of the composer's clearly expressed instructions?
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Re: Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe

Post by Sean Eric Howard » Fri May 25, 2018 1:32 pm

I have to disagree with the slant placed by the author with the statement "Before Tarrega, Spain's growth in the arts was stunted." One could clearly argue that arts and letters in Spain remained "stunted" when compared to other European nations after Tarrega's death; Tarrega had no role in updating Spanish stature in the word of arts and letters. In fact, one could postulate the Spanish American War had more effect on the revitalization of Spanish culture than any 19th century musician.
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