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Mazurka Appassionata & Danza Árabe


Mazurka Appassionata. Composed by Agustin Barrios (1885-1944, Paraguay) & performed by Raphaël Feuillâtre.

Another beautiful work by Barrios this time inspired by the Polish mazurka, a popular 19th century folk dance in triple meter. Notice how expressive Feuillâtre plays this piece, especially with regard to dynamic shape, tempo expression and tone variation.

 

Danza Árabe (zambra). Composed & performed by "Sabicas" (Agustín Castellón Campos, 1912-1990, Spain.)

The zambra is a style of Spanish song and dance that originated in late 1800s in Granada. It is characterized by a 4/4 meter and a rhythm identical to the flamenco tangos or tangos-tientos, depending on the tempo. Harmonically, zambras tend to be written in 3 modalities (major, minor and Spanish Phrygian) and have a very clear Arabic influence. Historically, these were performed by orchestras as well as by flamenco singers and guitarists. Nowadays, zambras are almost exclusively played as instrumental guitar pieces.


 

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