Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual (1860 – 1909)
was a Spanish pianist and composer best known for his
piano works based on folk music idioms. Transcriptions
of many of his pieces, such as Asturias (Leyenda),
Granada, Sevilla, Cadiz, Córdoba, Cataluña, and the
Tango in D, are important pieces for classical guitar,
though he never composed for the guitar. The personal
papers of Albéniz are preserved, among other
institutions, in the Biblioteca de Catalunya.
Albéniz's early works were mostly "salon style" music.
Albéniz's first published composition, Marcha Militar,
appeared in 1868. A number of works written before this
are now lost. He continued composing in traditional
styles ranging from Jean-Philippe Rameau, Johann
Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin
and Franz Liszt until the mid-1880s. He also wrote at
least five zarzuelas, of which all but two are now
Among these works are the "Seis Pequeños Valses" (6
Little Waltzes) for Piano Opus 25 Nos 1-6.
Although originally created for Piano, I created this
Interpretation of the Waltz in Ab Major from "Seis
Pequeños Valses" (Op. 25 No. 1) for Oboe & Piano.