Every weekday at 10:30am I play what I call a “guitar pick.” It’s a work featuring the guitar. It can be as a solo instrument, in a chamber setting or with orchestra. On Monday I presented a performance of what it widely considered the international anthem of guitarists – Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) by Francisco Tarrega. Composed in 1896, Tarrega made generous use of the picking effect known as “tremolo” throughout the piece. While the thumb picks the bass line, the other digits on the picking hand quickly alternate on the melody. Novice listeners to the piece often conclude that the work is being played by two guitarists. This composition holds a special place in my heart as it was part of the opening music to our wedding, which was played expertly by Louisville guitarist Dale Grider.
Other guitar picks from this week were:
Francisco Tarraga – Recuerdos de la Alhambra – Valerie Hartzell
JS Bach – Partita BWV 1002 – Michael Long
Maurice Ravel – Pavane – Julian Bream and John Williams
Federico Moreno Torroba – Sonatina – Eduardo Fernandez
Giuseppe Torelli – Concerto for guitar and violin – Karl Scheit, guitar
My ukulele pick this week is a cover by Eva Walsh, of a Black Eyed Peas song. Trust me.
Every weekday morning at 10:30 I present the “Guitar Pick,” a musical selection that features the guitar in some form or fashion. It can be as a solo instrument, in a chamber setting or with orchestra. On Friday’s show I played Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz, scored for 4 guitars and orchestra. The family of guitarists collectively called “Los Romeros” hail from Andalucia, Spain. Through the years, Rodrigo and the Romeros forged a tight partnership. One of the results of this partnership was this work, named after the Romeros’ home town. The compositions display the styles of Buleria, Zapateado and Sevillana dances. And it’s a lot of fun!
Other guitar picks this week:
J N Hummel – Grand Serenade No. 1 – Consortium Classicum
JS Bach – Suite for lute, BWV 1006a – Sharon Isbin
Enrique Granados – Spanish Dances – Folkwang Guitarren Duo
Georg Philipp Telemann – Bourée alla Polacca – John Williams and Friends
My ukulele pick today comes from the amazing Jake Shimabukuro. He once promised to create a ukulele version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. He later said he regretted saying that! But he finally did it and spectacularly so!