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Federico Moreno Torroba (Spain, 1891-1982)

This piece is the third movement (Allegro) from the Sonatina for Guitar.

Sonatina is a diminutive Sonata, with fewer and shorter movements than the normal type and usually simpler, designed in many occasions for instructional purposes. However such composers as Moreno Torroba, Ravel, Bartók, among others, have written Sonatinas of considerable technical difficulty and artistic merit.

Although usually associated with the Piano, Sonatinas are also written for other instruments, like for example the Sonatina for Guitar by Federico Moreno Torroba.

The Sonatina for Guitar by Moreno Torroba has three movements:

I - Allegretto
II - Andante
III - Allegro

Moreno Torroba was born in Madrid, Spain, descending from a family of musicians.

He took his first lesson of music from his own father, Don José Moreno Ballesteros, who was the organist at the Concepción Church in Madrid.

From the beginning, his musical work was oriented toward the composition of “Zarzuelas”. The Zarzuela is a Spanish kind of Opera, distinguished from the ordinary 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 remarkably prolific production. He composed near fifty Zarzuelas.

His guitar work is one of the most important ever composed for this instrument. It is notorious that his guitar musical work was greatly influenced by the character and spirit found in his Zarzuelas.

Moreno Torroba developed a remarkable composing style with a unique formal elegance but at the same time using a straight musical language, which has a great amount of genuine expressive Spanish elements.

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