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- Traditional: Spanish Romance
Anne has written 6 variations for you to try…
- Duo: Violin & Piano
- Duo: Trumpet & Piano
- Duo: Piano solo
- Duo: Oboe & Piano
- Duo: Flute & Piano
- Duo: Clarinet & Piano
You will certainly be familiar with this beautiful piece of music for the classical guitar. It is written in the style known as Parlour music from the late 19th century in Spain or South America.
It is known by numerous names “Romance Anónimo” (Anonymous Romance), “Estudio en Mi de Rubira” (Study in E by Rubira), “Spanish Romance”, “Romance de España”, “Romance de Amor”, “Romance of the Guitar”, “Romanza” and “Romance d’Amour” and probably a few more too!
To add to the confusion the composer is also disputable! Due to its time period various guitar players have associations: Antonio Rubira, David del Castillo, Francisco Tárrega, Fernando Sor, Daniel Fortea, Miguel Llobet, Antonio Cano, Vicente Gómez and Narciso Yepes.
The earliest recording of “Romance” features guitarists Luis and Simon Ramírez, made in Madrid between 1897 and 1901 and was titled “Sort-Estudio para Guitarra por S. Ramirez”. As the name “Sort” appears in the title it is likely that it refers to Fernando Sor, as Sor’s surname is sometimes also spelled “Sort” or “Sorts”.
In 1952 the piece appeared in René Clément’s film Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games). The popularity of the film made the piece famous. Narciso Ypes (1927-1997) is listed as the author of the piece. Similarly Vicente Gomez (1911–2001) published and performed it in 1941 in the Hollywood movie Blood and Sand assigning authorship of the song to himself.