Andrés Segovia and Spanish composer Federico Moreno Torroba (1891–1982) enjoyed a friendship and professional relationship for more than five decades; Segovia championed Toroba’s works and helped establish him in the guitar world. The Fandanguillo heard here was part one of Torroba’s Suite Castellana, written in 1926 and presented to Segovia, who recorded Fandanguillo for the first time in 1928 (but never the entire suite—not unusual for Segovia who picked and chose the movements he liked best, by everyone from Bach to Sor to Albéniz). Segovia subsequently recorded it in 1949 (the most popular recording) and in 1973.

Click here to see a version of the score with Segovia’s fingerings.
Blair Jackson