Perhaps the leading exponent of the music of Rodrigo has been Pepe Romero, the only guitarist to not only play, but also record, all of Rodrigo's concertos. Recognizing that I could use a little coaching in playing Rodrigo, I spent a summer working with Pepe at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.
|Pepe Romero and myself in Salzburg|
I just worked on a couple of pieces with Pepe that summer--but they were substantial ones. First of all, all three movements of the Aranjuez (and Pepe was an enormous help). After that, a large Fantasia by Fernando Sor. Just as hard as anything in the Aranjuez, but shorter, are Rodrigo's Tres Piezas Españoles for solo guitar consisting of a Fandango, a Passacaglia and a Zapateado. My clip for you today is my performance of the Zapateado.
Wikipedia tells us that:
Here is the piece:
The zapateado is a dance of Mexican Indian origin characterized by a lively rhythm punctuated by the striking of the dancer's shoes, akin to tap dance. The name derives from the Spanish word zapato for "shoe": zapatear means to strike with a shoe.The dance was introduced by the natives of Mexico and then taken back to Spain where the Spanish claimed it as their own.