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Performance of Malaguena:

The author of this arrangement of “Malaguena” is Charles Duncan. He was an author for the publisher Hal Leonard.  I had been wondering who the author might be. Hal Leonard  contacted me and graciously alerted me to the name arrangement author. Duncan used to give this arrangement of “Malaguena” out to his students.  I am glad to know and share the information with you as I really like this arrangement. It is fun to play and not too hard.

“Malaga” is a region of Spain and has inspired numerous pieces of music. The first published guitar piece called “Malaguana” that I have found is by Francisco Tarrega (b.1850).  It is likely the source because the Charles Duncan arrangement has the same melodic main theme.   The most famous version of “Malaguena” is by Ernesto Lecuona, a Cuban composer.  His piece is much longer and originally written for piano.

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