These two dances come from the ballet portion of the 1885 opera Le Cid.
Andalouse (after the south of Spain – Andalusia) features a habanera rhythm which both harpists get the opportunity to play. The minor melody combines eighth notes and triplets for a mixed meter feel.
Aubade is a pictoral piece representing the dawn. The light, twittery music evokes images of energetic little birds. Triplets, sixteenths, and sextuplets abound. Several climactic crescendos give hints of the surprise loud chords at the end.
Pedal changes, dynamics, and special effects are clearly marked. Included are the score and two harp parts. PEDAL HARPS, EARLY ADVANCED/ADVANCED.