CLASSICAL GUITAR

'Asturias' by Isaac Albéniz and its life in The Doors interpretation

'Asturias' is a work by the Spanish composer and pianist Isaac Albéniz. This piece, lasting around six minutes in performance, was originally written for the piano and set in the key of G minor. 
 
It was first published in Barcelona in 1892 as the prelude of a three-movement set entitled Chants d'Espagne. The piece is noted for the delicate, intricate melody of its middle section and abrupt dynamic changes. The theme itself suggests the rhythm of the bulería - a fast flamenco form that sounds as though it is written in the Phrygian mode which is typical of bulerías. 
 
It is not possible to transcribe the piece note for note for guitar. The original version makes uses of the piano keyboard's wider range compared to the tessitura of the guitar, and the key is not suitable for the guitar.
 
The first guitar transcription of the piece was probably by Severino García Fortea, although Andrés Segovia's transcription is the most famous and most influential. 

 

Robbie Krieger uses a reworking of the melody from this classical piece in The Doors song 'Spanish Caravan' off their 1968 album Waiting For The Sun.

Listen to the magical performance of Asturias piece by John Williams:

The legendary caravan through the eyes of The Doors:

Take a look at LyricTranslate for the "Spanish Caravan" lyrics and translations.

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