Spanish Romance - Anon

Spanish Romance - Anon


Spanish Romance is without a doubt one of the most iconic pieces in the classical guitar repertoire. Its history has been speckled with conjecture as to who actually wrote that piece. Starting off in E minor and then moving to E major the piece knows how to build and play upon the emotions of the listener & the performer. I still play this piece almost every day.

My arrangement has complete fingering suggestions for both hands and video tutorial(s) to guide you through the piece from beginning to end.

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I think it's easier just for it to remain anonymous! From a compositional point of view the piece is in Binary form starting out in E-minor and then modulate to the tonic major. My first guitar teacher taught me a couple of variations which I have included in this transcription.

The first is a slightly different series of bass notes at the end of the A section. The second is a coda that incorporates a series of artificial harmonics played over a F#-minor chord followed by an E-major chord. Finally culminating in 3 artificial harmonics on the 1st string pitched at one octave, then an octave+5th, then 2 octaves.

Technically speaking the piece is not too difficult yet is a beautifully written piece with an unforgettable melody. A single pattern in the right hand is used throughout the piece and with the exception of a couple of difficult stretches in the B section the piece is not overly challenging for the left hand either.