Concierto de Aranjuez

2020-07-21

Hello and welcome to my post "Concierto de Aranjuez"! I will be discussing my arrangement of JoaquĆ­n Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

The concerto is originally composed for guitar and orchestra and is considered very difficult. I first learned about the concerto in first year university when I went to a free concerto held at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. That performance was actually a harp arrangement of the concerto. I was instantly struck by the gorgeous melodies of the second movement.

This was definately the longest arrangement I have ever made-at a total of 665 bars. It follows the original exactly and attempts to recreate the full orchestra sound with the guitar solo shining through.

This arrangement is quite easy in fact, and should be accessible to anyone with intermediate piano skills (except for the third movement guitar pattern which requires either a large hand span or exceptional dexterity). The most challenging aspects I would say is being able to recreate the unique timbre of the guitar especially in the second movement in which voicing the guitar melody is so important.

Engraving was done with Lilypond and Frescobaldi text editor.

All three movements are separately available below and I encourage you to play it! Any comments are welcome on the Contact page!

Please note any errata on the the Contact page.