Dedicated to Mulgrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg, this concerto was originally written for string orchestra. Making full use of the Concerto Grosso genre, the relationship between the instruments is subjective to the listener; as the positioning of the parts change, it may appear that there are no soloists or, that all the players are soloists. In doing so Bach creates a weaving, kaleidoscopic range of colors and shades.
Based around a descending passacaglia bass figure, the two beautifully melodic outer sections contrast with the strident middle section. Originally written for two pianos, the piece sits well on four guitars and makes good use of the wider pitch range offered by the seven-string guitar.
Comissioned in 1914, this work is distinctively Andalucian in character, showcasing de Falla’s nationalistic pride. El amor brujo (Love, the Magician) was originally composed for a chamber group, then re-scored as a symphonic suite, and eventually as a ballet.
Concierto Andaluz, I. Tiempo de Bolero
Concierto Andaluz, II. Adagio
Concierto Andaluz, III. Allegretto