comes to us straight from Spain—in the same way as Ravel’s later Alborado del gracioso
—with its guitar-like pizzicatos, its outbursts and drum rolls, and a more lyrical, almost improvised middle section. The work seems to end sweetly, until we are surprised by the almost brutal final few bars. It was written in 1883.
from notes by Jean-Paul Sévilla © 2006
English: Roland Smithers