Recorded on 12/07/2004, uploaded on 01/12/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Malagueña, Op. 21, No.1
Born Pablo Martín Melitón de Sarasate y Navascuéz in Pamplona in 1844, Pablo began studying violin at the age of
five with his father, an artillery bandmaster. George Bernard Shaw once said
that though there were many composers of music for the violin, there were but
few composers of violin music. But of Sarasate's talents, both as performer and
composer, Shaw said that he "left criticism gasping miles behind
him." Indeed, Sarasate's four volumes of Spanish dances for violin and
piano have been favorites for generations. He considerably helped to popularize
the "Spanish idiom" with his music, particularly the marvelous set of
Spanish dances. In a purely violinistic sense, there is no better writing, for
he knew and exploited the best of the instrument, both tonally and technically. Lindsay Deutsch
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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