Many of Madame Pratten’s pieces are emotional or gloomy in nature. To my surprise, I found a slightly more joyful piece: Spanish Romance.
The piece turns out to be a musical play, the sections have descriptive titles as clues to the atmosphere of the music. That resembles the programmatic pieces by Fernando Carulli.
The story is simple, a man plays romances on his guitar under a balcony. The lady notices, the two take a walk, dance together and then return home. It is unclear whether it will come to happily ever after. Well, it is music from the Victorian era, so any reference to eroticism is prohibited. The result is a set of sweet melodies.
The title indicates that it is a Spanish romance. Well, it doesn’t really sound Spanish, the Mediterranean atmosphere is only clear from a few A and E chords played rasgueado. Well, we’ll just make up that romantic atmosphere.
Most of the piece is in 3/4 time. On long single notes you can improvise a bit to pass the time.