Pavana – Capricho is one of the last pieces from Isaac Albeniz’s early period, before he turned to Spanish influences – a style that would characterise the rest of his compositions. In this earlier period Albeniz, who was a child prodigy on the Piano, composed ‘salon style’ music and experimented with traditional styles in the manner of Rameau, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt. His shift towards Spanish music occurred after meeting the teacher and composer Felipe Pedrell, a leading figure in the development of nationalist Spanish music.
Pavana-Capricho is graceful and light-hearted at the same time. The playfulness that arises from the alternating moods is best achieved when the proper technique and articulation is applied. Arranged for the solo Piano, and with a performance time of ca. 3:30, this piece of Romantic solo music is a perfect addition to any concert programme.