el puerto - albéniz
Serenade Espagnole - Mily Balakirev
Spanish music took the interest of various composers across Europe, who then dipped their pens into the Spanish flavor for a bit. Mily Balakirev was a Russian composer who took an interest in such exoticism, writing music inspired by far away places (in this case, Spain). This piece reflects less of a dance, focusing instead on singing tones and guitar textures. There are various presentations of guitar strumming throughout the piece, varying from finger plucking to ensemble guitar chords. Overall, this serenade evokes a tender expression.