Albéniz – Echoes of Spain

drawing - Robert Bovington

Isaac Albéniz was born in Catalonia in 1860 and was a child prodigy. He started playing music, particularly the piano, from the age of four and, when only nine years old, ran away to Central America. He didn’t return to Europe until he was thirteen! I wonder if some modern parents wish their kids would do likewise!

Young Isaac played concerts during his absence and, on returning to Spain, continued with his music – playing the piano, composing and conducting.

Much of his work is based on the melodies and rhythms of Spanish folk music. His most well known work is ‘Suite Iberia’ which was originally composed for piano. I own both piano and guitar versions of the music.

One of my favourite pastimes is driving around the mountain roads of the Alpujarras playing the guitar version – John Williams ‘Echoes of Spain’ CD is a favourite of mine and his interpretations of Albéniz’s music perfectly suits the mood on these journeys.


About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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