About This Song
Recuerdos de la Alhambra Sheet Music: Francisco Tárrega (1852–1909) was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist of the Romantic period. He is known for such pieces as “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” (Memories of the Alhambra) and is often called “the father of classical guitar.” Tarrega composed this work while visiting the La Alhambra in Granada, Spain in 1896. La Alhambra is the famous Moorish palace that overlooks Granada in southern Spain. Though originally built in the 9th century AD as a small fortress, the structure we see today was designed by the Moorish Sultan Abdallah ibn al-Ahmar in the year 1238. It is an architectural masterpiece and often referred to here in Spain as una joya (a jewel). The piece showcases a guitar tremolo, which supposedly represents the water fountains inside of La Alhambra. A single melody note is plucked consecutively by the ring, middle, and index fingers in such rapid succession that the result is an illusion of a waterfall. The A-section of the piece is written in A minor and the B-section is written in A major. (The audio for this score uses an instrumental sound sample to demonstrate the arrangement.)
“Recuerdos de la Alhambra” sheet music: More classical sheet music scores for guitar by Stevan Pasero here.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra Sheet Music: About The Arranger
Stevan Pasero is recognized as a important contributor to the guitar repertoire over the past three decades, Mr. Pasero has transcribed numerous symphonic works and composed, arranged and produced records for solo, duo and various ensembles. He has recorded 50 albums of music and his works appear on over 1000 other albums. Pasero performs, composes, and records guitar works in several music idioms. He attended San Francisco State University where he studied musical analysis, harmony and composition, which led to some post-graduate work in transcription and orchestration. Mr. Pasero is owner and principal of four music publishing and distribution companies.
Other Classical Guitar Works by the Arranger: Claire de Lune, Romanza de Amor, Malaguena, Gymnopedie, Ave Maia, Swan Lake, Dance of the Reed Flutes, Scarlatti Sonatas, Spanish Dance, Dance of the Reed Flutes, Russian Dance, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Sleeping Beauty, Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Arabian Dance, Etude in A Major, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Waltz of the Flowers, Carmen.