An Italian Jew from Spain with German in his Name

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Monday’s Guitar Pick featured the first concerto for guitar and orchestra by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. An Italian Jew of Spanish decent, his concerto No.1 was the first concerto to be published after a drought of concertos for the instrument for 100 years. He was a prolific composer of music for the concert stage and for film. It’s suspected that he wrote more film music than has been given credit due to the large demand for his services by the studios. When Mussolini started to target Jews, Castelnuovo-Tedesco (literally “Newcastle-German”) fled to America. He spent the rest of his life in southern California, writing for stage and film. His music pupils included Andre Previn and Henry Mancini. Castelnuovo-Tedesco later wrote a 2nd concerto for guitar and one for 2 guitars with orchestra. Listen to the Guitar Pick weekdays at 10:30am.

This week’s picks:

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco – Guitar Concerto No. 1 – John Williams
Edvard Grieg – Holberg Suite – Arabesque Duo
JS Bach – Sinfonia No. 6 in E Major, BWV 792 – David Russell
Manuel de Falla – Homenaje Le tombeau de Claude Debussy – Eduardo Fernandez
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata, K.175 – Eliot Fisk

This week’s ukulele pick features the French ukulele player Ukulollo with guest Siwar.

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