When Tavi Jinariu told us he wanted to wanted to record a few movements of Torroba’s Castles of Spain we took it as a challenge to assemble some amazing mid-century Spanish guitars for the recordings. In the end we chose a few guitars that were made early in the 20th Century and even one, the Moya, made in the late 19th Century, but they all represent the Spanish tradition and are great examples of the work of these luthiers. The guitars include the 1896 Hijos de Melchor de Moya, a 1958 Ignacio Fleta, a 1925 Santos Hernandez, a 1929 Francisco Simplicio, and a 1949 Jose Ramirez II.

Tavi chose these five movements as representative of the range of Torroba’s collection, and Segovia customarily played 8 (of the 14 total) of them in concert. Tavi will play the 8 that Segovia played on his upcoming CD. Here are a few words from Tavi about the piece:

“Federico Moreno Torroba loved his native Spain and elements of Spanish folklore permeate each of his compositions. Through “Castillos D’Espana” Torroba musically portrays various castles within Spain. As these castles differ from each other, so do the individual pieces: from fast and energetic to lyric and introspective. This collection of pieces offers guitarists seemingly limitless interpretive options and invites experimentation with tonal colors and techniques.

“Though there are several differing editions available today, the pieces recorded here come from Segovia’s unpublished manuscripts and contains the maestro’s own fingerings, additions and omissions. As such, Torroba’s music was not only written for Segovia, but, in a real sense, it was also written through Segovia as the composer and performer negotiated the compositional outcome. Segovia was so fond of Torroba’s compositions that he offered them as a template for other composers interested in composing for the guitar.”

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14 Responses to “Tavi Jinariu plays Torroba Castles of Spain”

  1. Travis McLaurin says:

    As an advanced Guitar player. Just learning from a Classical guitarist who has a Ph.d. My question. How much time should I practice?

  2. Rene Walterbos says:

    Excellent sound and performances for all of them. Hard to pick a favorite.

  3. Taso Comanescu says:

    Excellent as always! Tavi has a refreshing approach that showcases these guitars via his varied use of colors and articulations. A pleasure to watch! Amidst these great renditions, my personal favorite is “Siguenza”

  4. jose Ademir says:

    Tavi é maravilhoso, e as guitarras dá vontade de ter todas elas.

  5. Jay Rosenberg says:

    What a collection! Of performances, pieces and guitars. I love that old world woody sound. Can’t wait for the CD.

  6. This a very nice overall idea about these different guitars. What becomes clear to me that the player
    remains one of the most important factors in tone control. But again the 40-s and 50-s Jose Ramirez
    II are a surprise to my ears. They have been built mostly with modest materials but the sound from most
    of these guitars is so intimate and I can tell you these are very “vibrant” instruments. The 1949 Ramirez
    guitar is no exception! I would like to be informed about a CD that presents all these iconic instruments.
    I made a collection on a CD myself of old ( Vicente Arias 1899 )mid 20th century and modern guitars to
    be able to hear a kind of progress but also to be able to hear what was hor and what not in certain periods.

  7. Cathy Fleming says:

    Tavi, and GSI Thank you for posting these gems!

  8. Christine Babcock says:

    Travis, if you are an advanced guitarist and wondering how much practice is necessary, there is already a problem. Perhaps your teacher is not challenging you enough or you do not really like what you are playing. My humble suggestion would be to make
    things more challenging. If you are bored or not interested then you will not practice. Good luck and keep making beautiful music!

    • Rene says:

      There is a set of two books published by Guitar Solo Publications in San Francisco. You can likely get them at their website or else at other places, in a quick search they turned up at I didn’t see them in stock here at GSI.

  9. Craig Jordan says:

    This was really enjoyable and my first chance to hear the music of Torroba. I especially like the sound of the Fleta. Where can I get the sheet music for these pieces?

  10. Craig Jordan says:

    Thanks Rene – do you know which of the two volumes contains Rumor de Copla?

    • Rene says:

      Hum…neither. I did some searching and tracked it down on a web site called spanishguitar dot com, it is in a volume called Musica para guitarra II (Puertas de Madrid etc), MORENO TORROBA, Federico. It is listed as on order though, so probably out of stock. But perhaps you can find it elsewhere with this information. Sad to see such music go out of print.

  11. Craig Jordan says:

    Thanks Rene this gives me some good information. Let’s hope some publisher will see that this music needs to be in print and keep this music accessible.


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