The story goes that Francisco Tárrega composed Lágrima sometime in while performing in London. He is said to have been depressed and homesick. Lágrima by Francisco Tarrega tab with free online tab player. One accurate version. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal. Learn Lagrima by Francisco Tárrega, a classical guitar prelude in guitar tab and standard notation with audio demo and study notes for.
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He is said to have been depressed and homesick. When some onlookers noticed his melancholoy, they suggested he write a song describing it.
Lágrima (Tárrega, Francisco) – IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music
I find the story dubious because I’ve never seen a primary source cited for it. Nevertheless, the song evokes strong emotions in some listeners, causing some I’ve witnessed to weep not because the playing was awful.
I’ve never found the missing section and there is apparently some question as to its authenticity. I would like to find it someday because, to me, the song sounds incomplete. That said, it is a prelude after all. Lagrimma only ever play it as a prelude to a longer piece in E minor. Everyone plays this song differently—even the Birket-Smith manuscript contains penciled-in notes for alternative positions and fingerings.
Lágrima (Tárrega, Francisco)
My arrangement is different as well. I’ve included a portamento in measure nine that is often omitted. Also, I’ve notated the application of vibrato to the last note of measure 12 along lafrima a fermata.
The note should be held just long enough to hear the effect of the vibrato, but no longer. You may ignore these additions. Removed unnecessary first position symbols and added “senza replica” to the “D. The effect is almost identical, but my original interpretation exaggerates the effect, making it more obvious to the listener.
I originally notated it differently, in part because laagrima proper playing of the portamento—which in this case is, in effect, a slide ending on a grace note—is less obvious to the novice than a slide that starts with a grace note.
The portamento does not actually require notating a grace note and can be notated as a slide with no slur from the G to C.
Lágrima by Francisco Tárrega
Unfortunately, there is much confusion amongst guitarists and music publishers about the difference between an unslurred slide where the ending note is struck and a guide finger indication which should connect from finger number to finger number instead of notehead to noteheadmaking it necessary to notate a grace note for clarity. Renotated using LilyPond, making some minor changes along the way.
I updated right hand fingering and made some note durations more accurate e.
I’ve retained the previous version generated with Sibelius for those who want tablature or wish to compare Sibelius and LilyPond output. You can find the score easily by performing a search within the respective sheet music archives.
Actively Tarreha LilyPond Output.