This piece is
“La Seguidilla” which is the fifth and last movement
from the Suite for Guitar “Aires de la Mancha”
Moreno Torroba was born in Madrid, Spain, descending from
a family of musicians.
He took his first lessons of music from his own father, Don
José Moreno Ballesteros, who was the organist at the
Concepción Church in Madrid.
the beginning, his musical work was oriented toward the composition
of “Zarzuelas”. The Zarzuela is a Spanish kind
of Opera, distinguished from the ordinary Opera in that the
music is intermingled with spoken dialogue, as in comic Opera.
Its name comes from the Palace of “La Zarzuela”,
a royal country seat near Madrid, comparable to Versailles.
Moreno Torroba distinguished himself by his particular spanish
nationalism found in his Zarzuelas, as well as the remarkable
prolific production. He composed near fifty Zarzuelas.
His guitar work is one of the most important ever composed
for this instrument. It is noticeable that his guitar musical
work was greatly influenced by the spanish spirit found in
Aires de la Mancha is just a simple example of the remarkable
composing style developed by Moreno Torroba with a unique
formal elegance but at the same time using a straight musical
language which has a great amount of genuine expressive spanish
The movements of the Suite “Aires de la Mancha”
1 – Jeringonza – Allegro non molto
2 – Ya llega el invierno – Andante
3 – Coplilla – Allegro moderato
4 – La Pastora – Andante
5 – La Seguidilla – Allegretto vivace
“Aires de la Mancha” is a work that must be included
in the concert repertoire of any serious world class guitarist.
Classical Guitar Music