Isaac Albéniz: Iberia (Book IV) – arranged by Peter Breiner (PB004)
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Instrumentation: Book 4, No.1: Málaga – 2+1, 2+1, asax, 2+1, 2 - 4, 4, 4, 0 - timp - perc - hp - cel - str
Book 4, No.2: Jerez – 2+1, 2+1, asax, 2+1, 2 - 4, 4, 3, 1 - timp - perc- hp - cel - str
Book 4, No.3: Eritaña – 2+1, 2+1, 2+1, 2 - 4, 4, 4, 0 - timp - perc - hp - cel - str
lberia ends with three pieces written in 1907 and 1908. The set was dedicated to Madame Pierre Lalo, daughter-in-law of the composer Edouard Lalo. Malaga inevitably recalls the malagueña and relaxes into a secondary theme, all to be developed and recapitulated, following the abridged version of sonata form used in so many of these movements. It is followed by Jerez , the last of the pieces to be written, in similar form, with a melancholy first theme, interrupted by suggestions of guitar chords. The last piece, Eritaña takes its name from the Venta Eritaña, an inn in Seville, where flamenco was often heard. It was not originally intended to end the suite, but to come second, to be followed by a projected L'Albuféra, depicting Valencia in a jota valenciana. This last was never written and Eritaña took its place, providing a relatively light-hearted ending to a suite which represents a summary and the culmination of the achievement of Albéniz in Spanish music.