Archive for December, 2012

The Classical Corner III

This is the fourth of five Preludes for guitar by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos. (March 5, 1887 — November 17, 1959) He wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified by his Bachianas Brasileiras (Brazilian Bachian-pieces).

This prelude is built on a single motif, restated in many forms, including in harmonics.

 

December 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

The Classical Corner II

This is the third of five Preludes for guitar by the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos. (March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) He wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified by his Bachianas Brasileiras (Brazilian Bachian-pieces). The influence of Bach is readily apparent in the second section of this prelude.

December 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

Still Still Still

Still, Still, Still is an Austrian Christmas carol and lullaby. This is another Christmas tune I only learned of in the past couple of years. In German its first line is “Still, still, still, weil’s Kindlein schlafen will!” (Hush, hush, hush, for the little child wants to sleep!). The melody is a folk tune (authorship unknown) from the State of Salzburg. The tune appeared for the first time in 1865 in a folksong collection of Maria Vinzenz Süß (1802-1868), founder of the Salzburg Museum. The words, which run to six verses in German, describe the peace of the infant Jesus and his mother as they sleep. There are various English translations.

The arrangement here is for a quartet of guitar, piano, bass and drums.

December 22, 2012 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

The Classical Corner

I hope this will be a continuing series of classic guitar music.

This is the first of the “Preludios Americanos” by the Uruguayan guitarist and composer Abel Carlevaro (1916–2001). I had the great fortune to twice attend his master classes and hear his flawless playing in concert.

I also had the opportunity to see that he was a fine and gentle person of good humor. As a guitarist, he is one of my primary influences.

He was a virtuoso performer, classical guitar composer and teacher. He established a new approach to guitar technique, based on anatomical principles.

He had a successful career as a concert artist and gained the admiration of musicians such as Heitor Villa-Lobos and Andrés Segovia. As a composer, he was also an important contributor to modern guitar music.

December 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

Why the Children

This is my tribute to the memory of the innocents whose
lives were taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT
on December 14, 2012


CHILDREN

Daniel Barden, 7

Olivia Engel, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Madeleine F. Hsu, 6

Catherine V. Hubbard, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Jesse Lewis, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Allison N. Wyatt, 6

ADULTS

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Lauren Rousseau, 30

Dawn Hochsprung, 47

Rachel Davino, 29

December 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm 2 comments

Another Holiday Number

Recently I replaced a piece of gear in my home studio. I had an ancient Line6 POD Pro. I have replaced it with an almost-as-ancient PODxt Pro. I’m still working with it, but do think I’ve got my straight-ahead jazz guitar tone dialed in already. Please see what you think.

This is one of Vince Guaraldi’s masterpieces from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.  The guitar is my new Eastman.

 

Christmas Time is Here

 

 

December 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Video)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town, written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, dates from 1934. It was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and over 400,000 copies sold by Christmas. It is certainly one of the most popular holiday songs of all time. It is a pretty solid tune as well – jazz pianist and legend Bill Evans recorded a version on a non-Christmas album: Trio ’64. My version is solidly in the straight-ahead jazz tradition.

The audio was recorded into ProTools at the same time as the video was recorded. The video and audio were then combined.

December 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment


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