Adelita by Francisco Tarrega tab with free online tab player. One accurate version. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal. Tárrega, Francisco Adelita sheet music for Guitar – The Artist: Francisco Tárrega was born in Villa-real, Spain on November 21, He was one. Play Michael Chapdelaine’s Arrangements of Tárrega’s ‘Adelita’ and ‘Lagrima’. Blair Jackson August 11,

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The hairpins in the Antich y Tena edition of Adelita —faithfully preserved in the Anido edition, but butchered in modern editions—that follow the contours of the notes instead of being placed horizontally above or below the staff—and also lacking accompanying dynamic intensity markings—may represent agogic considerations and not dynamic intensity changes. I LOVE the forum, too. Therefore, you may choose to play the piece faster than the 60 bpm I’ve listed, opting for a faster 80—90 in the Andante range.

This is contrasted with a section in a major key that is joyful sounding. That is, except for measure 14, where the Antich y Tena and Anido editions show the forte between the hairpins, but on the bottom of the staff while the hairpins are above the staff. Each voice, part, line is heard clearly and distinctly in it’s own “musical space”.

Tárrega – Adelita sheet music for Guitar –

In addition, there are usually three “voices” or “lines of music”. One section is in a minor key, sounds very bittersweet and sadly dramatic. Bottom bass notes 3. The first hairpin aeelita redundant to the un poco crescendo instruction.

Mozart, Beethoven, and other great composers expected their Da Capos to respect the playing of repeats unless accompanied by an additional instruction adlita not do so see Beethoven’s Century: They may not even refer to dynamic levels.

The second mistake I had heard was playing the portamentos—which are notated in the original as an unslurred slide to a grace note—by striking the end adelitx twice instead of once. Composers as varied as Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and Schubert used hairpins as agogic and voicing instructions instead of as dynamic intensity indicators, for which the written instructions crescendo and decrescendo as well as abbreviated dynamic markings were used instead for more information see The Secret Life of Musical NotationRoberto Poli, His music always shows complete command of the instrument.


Notation Changes and Commentary. If you are a novice guitarist, you may feel it is within your reach based on hearing the first half of the song. Instead of acciaccaturas forming reverse mordents, I unambiguosly represent the notes with their actual values so there is no question that they are played on the same beat as the second voice bass note.

I also replaced the trailing grace note portamento representations with a modern-day unslurred slide. A slide is denoted by a line connecting the two noteheads and does produce an audible slide effect.

Guitar Lessons: ‘Adelita’ Tarrega’s Composition Style

Modern editions write D. Since the slides are not slurred, you strike the second note on arrival.

His music is very classical in nature because there is usually a clear melody supported by a bass line that creates traditional classical harmony, chord progression and voice leading.

I had heard at least two mistakes made with respect to playing the piece.

It’s easier for inexperienced players to grasp this when there’s one acciaccatura note, but it becomes fuzzy for them when there are two notes involved which can be confused for two sixteenth notes. Even if you’ve mastered barres, upon reaching measures 11 and 12, you may reach an impasse. In the 19th century, the term was confused with the appoggiatura. Despite that possibility, I included them assuming they represented changes in dynamic intensity and added explicit intensity levels that were missing at the ends of the hairpins.

Tárrega – Adelita sheet music for Guitar

I believe these changes resulted in more compact, unambiguous, and easy to read music. Although he did not invent the metronome, he manufactured and sold what became the most popular model.

That may account for why most recordings are played at an Andante or faster. Both notations produce the same sounding music, but mine should be easier to interpret correctly. A change I made that could impact musical interpretation is the addition of explicit dynamic levels to the hairpins. The first was to play the acciaccatura notes before the second voice bass note and accenting the note that showed the accent instead of accenting the beat.


At first, the primary change I made was to extend the slurs from the acciaccaturas [ 2 ] to the note following the acciaccatura forming a so-called reverse or inverted mordent. This is more than just a theory; it becomes quite clear when you read the music as originally notated and compare it to later editions which mistakenly edit the original notation. ByI believe the ahistorical convention of not playing repeats on a Da Capo became entrenched.

Finally, there is a return to the original key, be it minor or major. In this lesson I discuss aspects of Tarrega’s compositional style. An unslurred slide means you slide from the first note adellta the second and strike the second note upon arriving.

A slurred slide means you slide from the first note to the second and do not strike tatrega second note, allowing it to sound as a result of the slide. Adelita is deceptively simple.

I almost left out the hairpins because their interpretation was not entirely clear. It is not clear, however, that it qualifies as a mazurka. In the end, I abandoned my changes and decided to eliminate all acciaccaturas and trailing grace zdelita.

Although I have preserved the original D. The performer should have some flexibility as to how to play the ornament.

Adelita by Francisco Tárrega

At the time of his education, the meaning of hairpins in the music he studied was different than today. Top melody notes 2.

After much thought, I decided that the accents on the notes after the acciaccaturas were too confusing for players without much notational experience.