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Lute Prelude

This is my arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C minor, BWV 999 – commonly known as the “Lute Prelude”. It was sometime between 1717 and 1723. Though originally composed for Lute-Harpsichord it has since been adapted for various instruments, including lute, piano and guitar. It is a staple of the classical guitar repertoire.

Since my musical  education is a traditional, classical one, and since my guitar training was entirely in classical guitar, this arrangement came together fairly smoothly.

June 19, 2020 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

Pagoda Blossom

“Pagoda Blossom” is an original instrumental intended to be similar to the style of the material the Ventures wrote and recorded in the early 1970s primarily for the Japanese market.

The Ventures were enormously popular in Japan in the 1960s and 70s, outselling all other foreign artists there, including the Beatles.

The Ventures current line-up still tours Japan annually. 

April 14, 2020 at 6:17 am Leave a comment

Classical Gas

This is my arrangement for two guitars of the 1968 instrumental hit “Classical Gas”. It was composed and originally performed by Mason Williams with instrumental backing by members of the Wrecking Crew.

Originally named “Classical Gasoline”, the tune was envisioned to be “fuel” for the classical guitar repertoire. The title was later inadvertently shortened by a music copyist.

Williams was the head writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour at the time of the piece’s release and premiered the composition on the show.

“Classical Gas” was frequently performed by both Nokie Edwards and Gerry McGee live during concerts by the Ventures as well as in their own solo concerts.

March 17, 2020 at 6:25 am Leave a comment

Corcovado

This is my instrumental version of “Corcovado” (known in English as “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars”) It was written by Antônio Carlos Jobim in 1960. An English lyric was later written by Gene Lees. The Portuguese title refers to the Corcovado mountain in Rio de Janeiro.

January 25, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

A la nanita nana

“A la nanita nana” is a traditional Christmas carol that has become a popular lullaby in the Hispanic world. The composer was José Ramón Gomis, born in 1856 in Novelda, Alicante, Spain; the lyrics were written by Juan Francisco Muñoz y Pabón. The carol was published in 1904.

December 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Classical Corner X

It’s been over a year since I’ve posted any classic guitar performances. I’ve actually been very consistent in working in this area, but I guess it didn’t occur to me to record.

Anyway, this is a very lovely Scarlatti Sonata (Kirkpatrick 481) originally written for harpsichord in F Minor but transcribed for guitar into A minor by my former teacher Carlos Barbosa-Lima.

Click here to listen.

April 18, 2014 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Classical Corner IX

This is another dance piece from the 1610 collection, Varietie of Lute Lessons. It was performed with a capo on the 3rd fret and the third string tuned down 1/2 step.

March 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Classical Corner VIII

This delightful dance piece is from the collection “Varietie of Lute Lessons”, compiled in 1610. Sir John Smith, his Almain, a stately dance, was composed for the Lute by the great English composer John Dowland (1563 – 1626), also noted for his wonderful Lute-accompanied art songs.

This was performed with a capo on the 3rd fret and the third string tuned down 1/2 step.

March 14, 2013 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Classical Corner VII

Domenico Scarlatti (26 October 1685 – 23 July 1757) was an Italian composer who spent much of his life in the service of the Portuguese and Spanish royal families. He is classified as a Baroque composer chronologically, although his music was influential in the development of the Classical style. Like his renowned father Alessandro Scarlatti he composed in a variety of musical forms, although today he is known mainly for his 555 keyboard sonatas.

The original key of this Sonata is C minor — here it is transposed to E minor to lie better on the guitar.

January 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Classical Corner VI

I’ve completed my recordings of Abel Carlevaro’s five “Preludio Americanos” with these two performances.

Campo is the 3rd of the “Preludios Americanos” Along with the 5th, this is probably the most popular of the “Preludios”, due to its simple but haunting melody.

Ronda is the 4th of the “Preludios Americanos”. It features a nursery-rhyme style main theme and a quirky middle section.

January 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Classical Corner V

This is the 2nd 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.

January 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

Classical Corner IV

This is the 5th and last 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.

January 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

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

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


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