This project consists of a detailed discussion comparing the guitar and piano versions of Albéniz’s Spanish Suite, Op. 47. There are eight short pieces in this suite and most of them are inspired by dance music such as flamenco and bolero. “Granada,” “Sevilla,” “Cádiz,” and “Asturias” are the most frequently performed works from Op. 47.
I selected these four pieces to discuss about the similarities and differences between the original piano version and transcription for the guitar. My main goal will be to demonstrate ways to emulate guitar timbres using the piano. The document will include background information about Isaac Albéniz, and descriptions of the ways that guitar performance techniques and musical ideas can be applied to piano performance. Since one of the main features of the Spanish style is its unique harmonies, I will provide a harmonic analysis, as well as an account of the various musical forms.