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Every weekday morning at 10:30 Alan Brandt presents 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 Monday, Alan played a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi that has seen several different arrangements, including this arrangement for four guitars.

The Concerto, RV 580 by Vivaldi was originally written for 4 violins and orchestra. It was part of a published set under the opus number 3. The 12 concerti were collectively called L’Estro armonico or “The Harmonic Fancy” by its publisher. Johann Sebastian Bach, who met Vivaldi at one point, liked the concerto so much he transcribed it for 4 harpsichords and orchestra.

This recording doesn’t state who transcribed the work for 4 guitars, but it’s a good bet it was done by one of the family members of Los Romeros.

Other guitar picks this week:

JS Bach – Italian Concerto – Amadeus Guitar Duo
John Johnson – Pavan and Galliard – Bream and Williams
Joaquin Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez – Milos
Fernando Sor – Rustic Fantasia, Op. 52 – Adam Holzman

And since I’m a ukulele aficionado, let’s leave you with this performance by the late, great John King.