About Isaac Albéniz's Cantos de España
Songs of Spain, published in 1892, is a set compiled from various piano pieces that Albéniz had written a few years previously. During the late 1880, the strong influence of Spanish style became evident in Albéniz's music. The Cantos de España is a perfect example of this, and of the pianistic innovations he used to saturate his music with the rhythms and melodies of Spanish folk dance and melody. The Prelude has been made famous through an often played guitar transcription; Córdoba, featuring sonorities recalling early Debussy, is another one of the of the composer's most famous pieces, a portrait of the city in the form of an Andalusian dance.