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Post  TinyMontgomery on Fri Jul 29, 2011 11:09 pm

More than many other instruments the guitar looks back on a classical tradition of its own. Few well-known composers wrote important works
for this instrument (Bach or Dowland composed some great music for the lute but that's about it) but there are many composers who are
known for their guitar compositions only (like Tárrega, Weiss [lute again] or Sor).

I'll start you off with the recording of a great tremolo composition, Campañas del Alba by Eduardo Sainz de la Maza, performed by the
great Alirio Diaz. Looking forward to your contributions and comments!


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:43 am

John Williams (the guitarist--not the composer) used to tell about how Paganinni used to tour with the guitarist named Legnani (sp?). Since Paganini was touring to show off his violin virtuosity, Legnani was just playing simple accompaniments.

But Paganini was also a virtuoso on the guitar, so he wrote at least one piece with a virtuoso guitar part and a simple accompaniment for the violin. When they played this piece at concerts, Paganini would take the guitar away from Legnani and give him the violin to play.


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:43 am

Here's one of Paganini's guitar pieces on a 200-year-old guitar:


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:46 am

I used to post videos of Muriel Anderson a lot. I love you


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  Dick Fitzwell on Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:38 pm

pinhedz wrote:Here's one of Paganini's guitar pieces on a 200-year-old guitar:


I love this guy and all his lute videos

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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  TinyMontgomery on Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:45 pm

This one is for pinhedz (because I remember you once stated there was no such thing as "too old" for you)
Another great performer of lute music on the guitar playing what he correctly identifies as "a beautiful pavan, strangely neglected by performers".
If the title "A dream" is too cheesy for you the tune is also known as "Lady Leighton's Pavan".


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:58 am

I remember we had that thread about English composers one time (in fact, here it is: http://acrosstheuniverse.forummotion.com/t366-where-there-any-great-engllish-composers ) when we talked about whether or not there was ever a period when the greatest living composers were English.

John Renbourne said there was such a period (but a very brief one), but he didn't give any dates.

I think it must have been around the time of these guys:

-- William Byrd (1540-1623), organist in Queen Elizabeth's chapel, and a catholic. Shocked
-- John Dowland (1563-1626)
-- Henry purcell (1659-1695)

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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  Guest on Sun Aug 14, 2011 11:14 pm

What about Heitor Villa-Lobos? I like his work for guitar. I think it was Segovia who said it was very difficult to play. I also read he had jazzy things (I love my vast vocabulary and knowledge).

I have it played by Turibio Santos.


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:38 am

Chopin said "There is nothing more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two."

And there are many fine composers that wrote for guitar, but most of them are not household names. Of the big-name composers, Villa Lobos probably was the one that wrote the most for guitar.

Of the household names, I can think of 4 that wrote for guitar:

-- Luigi Boccherini

-- Benjamin Britten

-- Nicolo Paganini

-- Heiter Villa-Lobos

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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:39 am


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Post  Guest on Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:11 pm

Just wanted to post this one.
I think it is well known, no? Maybe because it's easy to play? or because it is catchy in a nostalgic way?

Here it is played by Julian Bream. I have it played by Segovia. Segovia's recording has more of that "cassette sound" that I love hehehe.


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  TinyMontgomery on Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:56 am



Great performance of one of Weiss's great Passacaglias! Those Australians really know how to handle the 6-strung walking stick...

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Post  TinyMontgomery on Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:59 am



This is a stunning composition that was meant to be an homage to Manuel de Falla. Lots of Flamenco elements in there.
Joaquin Rodrigo composed "Invocación y Danza" for Alirio Díaz which is one of the reasons I chose to post his performance of the piece.
(the other is that it's simply brilliant).

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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:46 am

For a long time there was no Pasquale Taraffo on youtube.

Now that there is, too bad that other guy starts talking right when the fancy finger work starts:


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:38 pm

No talking on this clip Very Happy


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:16 am

This might be the best piece of guitar music ever (although it was first written for violin):


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:19 am

Or maybe this (actually written for lute):


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:29 pm

This is actually supposed to be a vocal number--but the pickers are stupendous:


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:01 pm

^
People will want to know the words, I reckon.

I'll post them on the "better-than-Bob" thread.    

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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Wed Nov 05, 2014 10:45 am

Can guitarists play Sviridov?


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Did Stradivari make better guitars than the average?

Post  pinhedz on Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:06 pm

Did Stradivari make better guitars than the average?

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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  Yakima Canutt on Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:14 pm

Je parlais de ces premières pages de garde qui sont mises au début de chaque partitions (je pense par exemple à l'Intégrale des partitions pour luth de Bach qui contient en première page une sorte de couverture). Ceci dit, je chipote, parce que j'ai déjà mis une page de garde... C'était pour conserver l'unité des partitions sur le site  Rolling Eyes


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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:26 am

it is not true that this guy invented tapping ... the best data suggests tapping was invented in 1249 by a spainish mooor



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Re: Classical Guitar

Post  pinhedz on Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:33 am

^
Off course, everybody nose is was Tariq bin Abd 'Allah bin Wanamū al-Zanātī (and a few centuries earlier than you said, actually geek ) but arguably it wasn't really a guitar, I mean if you're speaking technically:


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