Capricho Arabe by Francisco Tarrega tab with free online tab player. One accurate version. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal. 6th = D. CAPRICHO ARABE. Transcribed by. | [email protected] . Music by Francisco Tarrega. Andantino. ES = Freestroke. R.S. = Restdtroke. Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe, is a brief look into guitarist/ composer Francisco Tárrega and a study of performance practice of the piece.

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Influences, 21 Intermediate Etudes. Play it through with the indicated harmony and decide for yourself.

Capricho Arabe – Francisco Tárrega

There is a slight modification with the chord of resolution. It is used as it most commonly is as a secondary leading-tone diminished seventh; resolving up by half-step to the root of the following chord.

Thank you, John, for the excellent harmonic analysis! This can be explained in terms of the voice-leading where the strong chromatic resolution of the sixths D and B to Francisck and C respectively occurs in the outer voices. I hope you find these analyses somewhat insightful and useful in aiding your understanding of traditional harmonic concepts.

In this case,the diminished seventh progresses to a major triad or dominant seventh chord, Here comes the crux of he matter for me the root of which is the same as one of the notes of the dim7th chord.

Now Available as an E-book. The theme and bass francisoc are also modified a bit in this major key but the harmony is basically the same, consisting of the simple alternation of tonic and dominant. Two comments, you might include the term half diminished 7th, a more traditional classical name for the minor 7 b5which is more of a jazz designation.


While the enharmonic potential of the diminished seventh chord is occasionally exploited in enharmonic modulation,the resolution of the chord generally clarifies its function. Help Support This Site! The harmony is a simple alternation between tonic i and dominant V.

The second statement of the modified theme is interrupted in measure 32 third beat with the occurrence of the Em7b5 or ii chord in D minor moving to the V A major in drancisco cueing what we think is a return to tonic or D minor. Following is the main theme: Shall We Gather at the River.

Capricho árabe (Tárrega, Francisco) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music

In other words the crossover from tonal to the atonal early on. However,there is a diminished seventh chord usage that dose not conform to the usual pattern. I think it must be the strong seventh sound associated with hearing the F in the upper voice on the beat that implies this dominant sonority even without the third being stated.

I have done a harmonic analysis which is included below and will mention some of the important details of the harmony and form.

Capricho árabe (Tárrega, Francisco)

The piece begins with an introduction mm. I’m grateful for your generosity with your knowledge. Of course this is a transposed restatement of the F major section so it only makes sense. March 09, And for the fully diminished 7th chord in the C section resolving to the second inversion dominant chord, this is also a typical classical use of a secondary diminished 7th harmony and is used to introduce a cadenza-like flourish.


As I was deciding on the harmonic analysis in measure 29 I first thought the harmony on the third beat implied Gm7 or maybe Dm to Gm7.

Francisco Tárrega: The Story of Capricho Árabe – Classical Guitar

Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. I was thinking Paul why dont we look into a contempory or modern piece like Waltons Bagetalles for example one of the 5 for instance in order to understand his influences eg Stravinski and Hindermith.

The strong melodic content and use of the ostinato bass seems to be what makes the music so fracisco. Sign-up Join the email list! I’ve played this piece countless times over the past few decades and capricno dobut have only been aware of the more obvious harmonic areas D minor, D major, F major, etc In summary, harmonically the piece is quite simple and rather conservative for its time.

This is reminiscent of concertos where the soloist has a cadenza, or extended virtuosic solo excursion.

I hope I have added some constructive contribution to your interpretation. Any suggestions for future projects? I should note the use of the full diminished seventh chord D dim7 in measure