We don’t hear the name Agustin Barrios (1884-1944) much today, but in his home country of Paraguay – and in certain guitar circles – he is still revered. Guitarist John Williams once said of Barrios “…is the best of the lot, regardless of era. His music is better formed, it’s more poetic, it’s more everything!” Barrios dedicated his life to both music and poetry. He composed over 300 individual compositions. During his travels throughout South America, Barrios would sign copieds of this poems and give them to anyone who wanted one. Collectors warn that the originals are difficult to authenicate.
Barrios’ music fell into three major categories: imitative, folk and religious. Many musicians consider his work call “La Catedral” his greatest composition. Barrios played parts of it to Andres Segovia and Segovia was entranced by it. He called it “… ideal for the repertory of any concert guitarist.”
Our Guitar Picks this week:
Agustin Barrios – Waltz No. 3 – Alexander-Sergei Ramírez
Antonio Vivaldi – Guitar Concerto, RV93 – John Williams
Joseph Haydn/Francois de Fossa – Grand Duo Op.9/5 – Castellani-Andriaccio Duo
JS Bach – Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 – David Lippel
Manuel de Falla – Danza del Molinero – Miloš Karadaglić
My ukulele pick this week is my friend Ken Middleton’s version of a Bob Dylan classic:
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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.