Recuerdos de la Alhambra is the classical guitar world’s Stairway to Heaven. It is perhaps the most played solo in the guitar repertoire. Francisco Tárrega. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Recuerdos De La Alhambra on Discogs. Strings By Mail Francisco Tarrega | Recuerdos de la Alhambra for 2 guitars – Composer: Francisco Tarrega Arranged by: Michael Erni Model: DZ

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You will often hear it performed in a shortened form using an AABBC structure, either because of time constraints associated with the performance or to avoid boring the audience or more likely, the guitarist.

The piece showcases the challenging guitar technique known as tremolowherein a single tarega note is plucked consecutively by the ring, middle and index fingers in such rapid succession that the result is an illusion of one long sustained note. Also, I’ve notated the tremolo more accurately.

Francisco Tarrega | Recuerdos de la Alhambra for 2 guitars

There’s no reason to continue the half-barre from measure 35 when you can position your fingers where they’ll need to be for measure It is perhaps the most played solo in the guitar repertoire. I say these things because I’ve made the mistake of trying to play Recuerdos with dead strings as well as too short or too long nails. Measures 38—42 are the same as measures 46—50 and may as well be played the same for mnemonic facility. The song is a part of the original soundtrack of the South Franfisco television series Memories of the Alhambra.

I also suggest making sure you use a relatively new set of strings before learning the song.

Views Read Edit View tarrga. Many who have heard the piece but not seen it performed mistake it for a duet.

I’ve taken the unusual approach of trying to capture note durations accurately. Recuerdos de la Alhambra is the classical guitar world’s Stairway to Heaven.

As you strike the Aplace finger 4 on the E on the third string.

It’s a great piece of music. Performed and arranged by Jonathon Coudrilleit was used as the title music for the British television series Out of Town and a version performed by Pepe Romero was used as incidental music in The Sopranos episode ” Luxury Lounge. I don’t find the attempt at greater notational accuracy has made the yarrega less readable.


In the time the song was composed, guitar notation was often imprecise, requiring the guitarist to infer when a note was meant to sound longer than notated. This becomes obvious when you enter a traditionally notated tremolo into a MIDI program and play it back. The A-section of the piece is written in A-minor and the B-section is written in the parallel major A-major. Instead, I’ve indicated as much as possible via a third voice when the second voice note should sound longer.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dead strings will kill your tremolo. Scott Tennant told a story about making the mistake of agreeing to teach Recuerdos to a student before the student was ready. The change allows the open D to sound for the entire duration of measure 15 and places the left hand in position for measures 17 and Don’t try to learn Recuerdos de la Alhambra as a means of learning tremolo technique and don’t attempt to play it before you’re ready.

The computer will precisely play the notes for the exact duration and invariably it won’t sound right. The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex in Granada, Spain.

To build the Alhamra was a teamwork of Muslims, Jews and Christians. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Seville Concert and the Film Profile Retrieved from ” https: For example, you’ll often see the second voice in Recuerdos notated entirely as eighth notes.

All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from October If you actually play it that way, it doesn’t sound as full.

It is also the theme used for Philip II of Spain in the 4X strategy game Civilization VIwith the track progressing reccuerdos a simple guitar arrangement to an entire orchestral performance as Spain advances through the ages. After you lengthen the trailing tremolo notes that sound longer in reality, the computer playback sounds natural. The key to avoiding non-interpretive pauses when facing awkward position changes is to move your fingers into place as you are fdancisco instead of pre-positioning all the fingers before you play the first note.


Before attempting to play the piece, you should already possess a well-practiced tremolo.

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Francisc half-barre from measures 38—39 and changed fingering accordingly. He recorded it also for some of his CDs: To avoid a non-interpretive pause when shifting your left hand from the A chord in the ninth position at the end of measure 13 to the inverted A7 chord in the seventh position at the beginning of measure 14, keep finger 2 on the second string as you move it from tarerga tenth fret to the eighth fret.

When he plays it at his concerts he starts the performance usually with a message for a peaceful coexistence of people with different religions and nationalities.

Nails that are too short or too long will interfere with a steady tremolo. This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat Recuerdos de la Alhambra is, really, almost the standard guitar piece. Changed end ritardando and dynamics in final measures to match those in the Idelfonso Alier edition.

Finally, make sure your nails are at whatever the right length is for you. Nana Mouskouri has performed a vocal version and Sarah Brightman has performed a re-adapted vocal version in her album Classics. Changed measures 15 and 16 to use first position for D minor.

You have to be aware of your abilities as a guitarist and recognize what skills you have to develop further before attempting a new challenge. The thumb plays an arpeggio-pattern accompaniment simultaneously. Francjsco device is used in other Spanish guitar songs as well, such as the anonymous Spanish Romance also known simply as Romance or Spanish Folk Song.

Tremolos are usually written as a sequence of 16th or 32nd notes, when in actuality the last note in the three-note sequence often has twice the value. The name is Concha in Castilian.