Isaac Albéniz: Iberia (Book III) – arranged by Peter Breiner (PB003)
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Instrumentation: Book 3, No.1: El Albaicín – 3d1, 2+1, 3d1, 2 - 4, 4, 4, 0 - timp - perc - hp - cel - str
Book 3, No.2: El Polo – 3d1, 2+1, 3d1, 2 - 4, 4, 3, 1 - timp - perc- hp - cel - str
Book 3, No.3: Lavapiés – 3d1, 2+1, 3d1, 2 - 4, 4, 3, 1 - timp - perc - hp - cel - str
The third book was completed towards the end of 1896 and dedicated to Marguerite Hasselmans, although two of the pieces were originally intended for the Catalan pianist Joaquim Malats, whose performances particularly pleased the composer. El Albaicín, the gypsy quarter of Oranada, is depicted in a movement marked Allegro assai, ma melancolico which brings its own dynamic climax. El Polo, described as a dance and song from Andalusia, is, in its title at least, an example of flamenco, here preserving a typical air of melancholy, suggested in the initial instruction sanglotant (sobbing). Lavapiés is a district of Madrid that takes its name from the ritual washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday. The piece has something of the habanera about it in its depiction of street life in a poorer quarter of the city.