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Concerto de Aranjuez, Second Movement


The beautiful adagio from Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez.

Susan’s arrangement of the soulful second movement from this guitar concerto is a wonder. She’s put all of the beauty and pathos from the original into a form that works so well on a lever harp. I’ve loved this piece since I first heard it as a teenager, so to get to play it on my harp is a joy. As an intermediate player, I’ve had to work hard to play this piece, but it’s so worth the effort! It will be an impressive addition to my repertoire. ~Susan Rutherford.

Read more and listen to the software-generate mp3 at the bottom of the page.

I wanted to create a version of this gorgeous piece that had as much of the fiery character and harmony of the original, but was still in the reach of a solid intermediate player.  Because the original scoring has a beautiful interplay between the English horn and the guitar, I chose to use the PDLT technique (Pres de la table, playing very close to the soundboard) to give the effect of changing voices.

Late intermediate, for full-sized lever harp,  in B minor (Key of D); three pages, a few lever changes (G# and Bb needed), PDLT sections.

Listen to Concerto de Aranjuez (software-generated mp3--PDLT does not sound)