A Lively Dance from Spain

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Every weekday morning 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. This week I played two works called Fandango.

The Fandango is a quick Spanish dance intended originally for 2 dancers. The more popular fandangos of today are accompanied by castanets or hand-claps. The earliest known form of the form appeared int eh early 1700’s. It was quickly developed into a musical form by the time the two fandangos I presented were written, around 1800. Rameau and Scarlatti were the first well-known composers to use the fandango in their compositions. Fandangos are still be written today as a lively dance piece or as a showy concert work.

This week’s guitar picks:
Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Fantasy on Brazilian National Anthem – Alvaro Henrique, guitar
Cesar Franck – Prelude, Fugue and Variation, Op. 18 – Amadeus Guitar Duo
Salvador Castro de Gistau – Fandango – Thomas Schmitt
Edvard Grieg – Valse Melancolique – Peter Fletcher
Dionysio Aguado – Fandango – Thomas Schmitt

My ukulele pick this week is an original song by a very original Miami-based artist, Rachel Goodrich.

Anne Richardson: Where is She Now?

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Classical 90.5’s Young Artist Competition showcases our region’s top musical talent. Every fall kids ages 8-18 compete for a spot in our live on-air studio recital.

But where do our winners go from there?

I caught up with Anne Richardson, a previous Young Artist Competition Winner who has performed at Classical 90.5 over the years. Hear about her current studies at The Juilliard School of Music, why she plays music, and why you should never give up.

And what was Anne’s favorite moment in her recital?

Hear her full in-studio performance at Classical 90.5 below

A Guitarist Without a Country

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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. One of the works I featured was L’encouragement by Fernando Sor.

Fernando Sor (pictured), a Spaniard, was born into a military family. Although he, too, joined the military Sor become more interested in music as he got older. He first became interested in music after his father took him to the opera. The interest grew, but his parents wanted him to concentrate on his Latin studies. Sor convinced them of his love of music by writing songs in Latin as set to his own unique music notation (He hadn’t seen standard sheet music yet).

Before he wrote for guitar, the instrument was used manly in taverns. But Sor started writing serious salon and concert pieces for the guitar. After a failed attempt to work in France, Sor settled in England. Most guitarists could not play the intricate works Sor composed, so he had to be his own music’s chief exponent. He eventually lived in Russia and then back in France at the end of his career. He taught a new generation his guitar techniques, securing his works in the repertoire for decades to come.

Edvard Grieg – Lyric Pieces – Peter Fletcher
Leonhard von Call – Sonata for Guitar no 2 in a minor, Op. 22
Fernando Sor – L’encouragement, Op. 34 – Julian Bream and John Williams
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata, K.319 – Fabio Zaban

This week’s ukulele pick is my friend Ian Emmerson who…well, you just have to watch.

Take Note: March Edition

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We give a voice to young classical musicians in our community.  Philip Morgan interviews 4 local teens on our March edition of Take Note. Hear what piece hooked Katelyn, Max, Sara, and Tre on classical music below.  Produced by Anita Streeter and engineered by Robert Johnson. Visit wuol.org/takenote for more.


 

Audio: Macauley Chamber Music Competition Winners In-Studio

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