This classical guitar suite adapted for marimba is an excellent blend of mysterious, reflective, and energetic movements. Whether played individually or sequentially, the listener will be drawn into Spanish night scenes while the player finds wonderful outlets for musical expression.
Genre: Marimba (4-mallet) | # of Players: 1
Level: Medium | Duration: 5:30
Suite Castellana ("Spanish Suite") can be interpreted from the heart of Spanish nationalism. The first movement, Fandanguillo, is modeled after the traditional Fandango dance in moderate triple meter. A brief and dramatic introduction leads into a mysterious theme. A brighter contrasting section is filled with turning melody and lower-voice interjections, but the original material finishes the movement.
Arada is gentle and expressive and its colorful harmony creates a calming and reflective atmosphere. Torroba's mastery of beautiful vocal-like melodies from his experience in Spanish opera is apparent, while he uses the French Impressionistic techniques of planing and unexpected harmonic directions.
Danza, simply "Dance," was Torroba's first composition for guitar. Beginning with a fast-paced theme, the listener is welcomed to a scene of joyful dancing and spinning. The middle section suggests tiring and resting, but the dance theme beckons the dancer to return, as the evening ends boisterously.