A number of works written before this are now lost. He also wrote at least five zarzuelas , of which all but two are now lost. He is quoted as commenting on his earlier period works as: There are among them a few things that are not completely worthless. The music is a bit infantile, plain, spirited; but in the end, the people, our Spanish people, are something of all that.
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In , I recorded it once again, this time including all eight movements of the expanded publication of the suite. I felt they were difficult to the point of being practically unplayable and did not flow well from the guitar.
I knew then that I would want to revise them at a later date to try to make them more guitaristic. Now, more than 25 years later, it is finally done! They will also notice some significant changes to Asturias, but the original five movements from my first publication remain almost exactly the same, with just a few small exceptions.
In this edition, I have kept the order of the movements as they were originally published in , though I do not believe that this is necessarily the most effective order in which to perform them.
For one thing, it was impossible to preserve the original keys of all the movements as tonality choices are fewer in the guitar than in the piano. These two share the same tonality and scordatura. Putting them together reduces the number of times it would be necessary to retune and reduces the potential intonation problems that additional retuning could create.
Last but not least, they make a great ending for the suite!
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