Well, I finally got around to putting a little of my playing online. There are only three pieces at the moment. Maybe one of these days I'll have enough free time and space (and peace of mind) to add some more.

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Agustin Barrios Mangoré (1885-1944)

Vals, Op. 8, No. 4

Josè Barroso (1901 - 1986)

Bullerias y Cancion

(Recorded October, 2008)
(Recorded August, 2008)

I first heard this work when I was in my teens. The Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida played it on an LP titled "Guitar Music of Latin America." I have never heard anyone else play this beautiful piece. Josè Barroso, its composer, was born in Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico and began his musical carreer as a cellist with the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra. He took up the guitar relatively late, at age 35, and became very proficient, composing a number of beautiful and intelligent works for ths instument. He was also quite an exceptional studio muscian and was much in demand as a performer in film scores, the classic movie "For Whom the Bell Tolls" being one of them. Both words in the title of the above piece - Bullerias y Cancion - mean song, with Bullerias being a form or style of less elevated origins. There is a definite separation in the piece between these two musical indentities.

(2008 Antonio Picado Concierto guitar)

The above work is a waltz (vals) by the great guitarist-composer Agustin Barrios Mangoré, whose works I began to study late in 2007. To find out more about this remarkable artist and his interesting life use the following links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agust%C3%ADn_Barrios

http://www.cybozone.com/fg/jeong.html

(2008 Antonio Picado Concierto guitar, spruce top)

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Prelude No.1

 

Guitarists are fortunate that Villa-Lobos, the national composer of Brazil, wrote for our instrument. His 5 Preludes and 12 Etudes are a staple of guitarists' repertoire (and he is probably the most famous modern composer for the instrument). His work often makes use of primitive rhythms, unusual dissonances and harmonies. Prelude No. 1 is among of his best known works. Like most of the other Preludes, it contains a middle section that differs in spirit from the first and last parts but which seems to contrast perfectly. (In this case it's a little Scottish dance of sorts!)

(1968 Manuel Ramirez guitar, cedar top)


The Guitars: My Ramirez is a 665mm string length (large and great for expression but tiring on the hands). The Picado is a much more compact 640mm string length (easy on the hands but sometimes a little cramped and with a thinner sound, especially in the treble). Nevertheless, I'm content with the recorded result, for the time being.

I hope to put more works on in the future...

 

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