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Op. 8, No 3 & Zyryab

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Opus 3, No. 8 (vals). Composed by Agustín Barrios (1855-1944, Paraguay) and performed by Raphaël Feuillâtre.

Word on the street is that guitarist, John Williams, called Agustin Barrios “the best of the lot” with regard to both performance and composition. Barrios was a concert guitarist and prolific composer for the classical guitar having composed over 300 works. His compositions for guitar are considered some of the most interesting and innovative across all eras of the genre. La Catedral, for example, is one of the most celebrated classical guitar works in history.

This particular waltz (Op 8, No. 3) has a very simple melody that is enriched by innovative harmonies and counterpoint throughout. Feuillâtre's interpretation is one of the most expressive I’ve ever seen.


Zyryab (fandango abandolao). Composed by Paco de Lucia (1947-2014, Spain) and performed by Paco de Lucía & his famous septet of incredible musicians.

Zyryab is one of Paco Lucia‘s most famous works. (It is also my absolute favorite fandango abandolao!). This piece was first published in Paco de Lucia‘s album also titled Zyryab in 1990 and it featured jazz artist Chick Corea and virtuoso Flamenco guitarist Manolo Sanlucar. The title of both the peice and the album are “named after Ziryab, a 9th-century Persian artist who is credited with introducing the Arabic oud to Spain"(Wikipedia) which was the foundation for the creation of the vihuela, precursor to the modern Spanish guitar.

The flamenco style of fandango abandolao is characterized by a 3/4 meter with a rhythm that looks like this:


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