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Gaspar Sanz, Rujero

Study Notes

Rujero was written by Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710). It is currently an ABRSM grade 2 set exam piece.

The piece is in the key of D major, but bars 9-12 are in A major, which is why a G# appears in bar 9. Notice how bars 9-12 are practically identical to the first four bars of the tune, only a fourth lower.

This 16 bar tune has a very regular structure. It falls into two equal sections of 8 bars, each in turn breaking up into a 4 bar statement followed by a 4 bar answering phrase. It can sound effective to change the tone and/or dynamics a little for the answering phrases.

The music is basically written with two parts (or voices), but has occasional three note chords (bars 11-14) where the three different voices can be brought out. It's always a good idea to play each voice on its own when practicing these sections. If you listen closely to how each part sounds on its own this will help you to bring out the separate strands of melody when you put them all back together again.

Pay particular attention to giving notes their correct duration. Here are some examples: In bar 8 we have a minim low A sounding in the bass. Make sure it doesn't carry on into bar 9, as no bass note is written there. You can damp the A by resting your right hand thumb on it when you start bar 9. Also in bar 13 you might like to make sure that all the minims ring out for their full duration, as there is a tendency to cut short the high G.

The melody is mainly in the top line with a simple accompanying bass line, but in bars 7-8 the main melody is taken up by the bass and should be brought out clearly.

The piece should be played brightly, although not necessarily as fast as on the MP3 for a grade 2 exam!

Fingering suggestions for the piece will be added shortly

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