The Places – Our visit to Spain centres on the old capital of Castile, Toledo, historically famous for its steel and swords, the home of the great painter known as El Creco. There are views of Cordoba, with its relics of Moorish occupation and a brief glimpse of the windmills on the plains of La Mancha, buildings Don Quixote once mistook for giants.
The Music – The music of Spain held an exotic attraction for composers from other countries. The French composter Lao was of remote Spanish origin himself, and his Symphonie espagnole, written for the great Spanish violinist Pablo Sarasate, vokes the spirit of the country. Sarasate himself is represented here by a gypsy piece,