The study is more than a “just” study to me. For some reason, within the chords, melody, and simplicity of the song, lies its strength and depth. I can imagine anyone playing this piece for a solid hour never gets bored playing it. Somewhere in those gently played notes my thoughts get lost and wander off to a far away place leaving me in total peace. It is then when the heart starts whispering, finally enjoying the space that we have created for it.
For this very reason I have never experienced this as a study. To me this composition is a little gift to us guitarists and listeners alike. Maybe calling it “Estudio” was a practical joke from a gifted composer who – with a smile on his face – said: “I wonder if anyone would figure out this is my best piece”.
This piece to me is very similar to “Spanish Romance” (also known as “Romance Anónimo”, “Romanza”, and “Romance d’Amour” among other names. It is for this reason that I always thought that both were from the same composer: Francisco Tarregá. For Spanish Romance this isn’t a certainty but for this “Estudio en E minor” or “Study in E minor” there is no debate.
Enjoy the music and wishing you all a happy and blessed life,