La Oracion Del Torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer, Op. 34) is a brief tone poem written in 1925. Originally scored for Lute Quartet, it was quickly arranged for String Quartet by the composer, as presented here. It was later transcribed for String Orchestra, and has since become one of the composer’s most popular works.
Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) was a Spanish classical composer. Unlike his contemporaries, such as Granados and Falla, he wrote several chamber pieces, many of which are still performed today. He studied in Paris with Ravel and Debussy, whose influences can be heard throughout his works, as well as influences from traditional Andalusian music.