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