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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Ravel was born in the Basque region of France and much of his work shows a Spanish influence (this, together with his interest in jazz has produced some exceptional guitar transcriptions). He was a pupil of Faure and at first fell, like many contemporary composers, under Debussy's spell. However, his ascetic and intellectual bents produced from the start a refinement of composition and orchestration, and development of melody, all his own. Later music, including the Concerto, shows his love of the rhythmic features of jazz, and thoughtful incorporation of the innovations of modern music – strong dissonance, atonality etc.
With the Adagio the opening theme, which has a long line typical of Ravel, undergoes a series of variations. In waltz time (this feel must be kept up for the intent of the piece to be brought out) over an implacable bass the music marches on with hypnotic effect to the coda, a final gem of roving harmony that descends into quietude.
Take your quartet for a ride on the "Bluegrass Express"...
From string sextet in Bb, Op 18 No. 1. Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) was a German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the romantic period.
Bach, Johann Sebastian
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose ecclesiastical and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.
"Bounce". It's bright, happy and 'dancey'......and it's got more bounce than a kangaroo! It's followed by Happy Rock which plods along with a cheerfull bass line and a bright, chirpy melody above. Blues and soft Rock elements are combined in this happy mix. Happy Rock is also available in an arrangement for two guitars under the title "Zany Rock"
The "Bridal Chorus" from the opera Lohengrin (1848), by German composer Richard Wagner (1813 - 1883), is the standard march played for the bride's entrance at most formal weddings in the United States and at many weddings throughout the Western world. In English-speaking countries it is generally known as "Here Comes the Bride" or "Wedding March". Its usual placement at the beginning of a wedding ceremony is not entirely in accordance with its placement in the opera. In the opera, the chorus is sung after the ceremony by the women of the wedding party, as they accompany the heroine Elsa to the bridal chamber. In addition, the marriage between Elsa and Lohengrin is an almost immediate failure.
Isaac Albéniz (1860 - 1909) was a Spanish pianist and composer, best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms, many of which have been transcribed by others for the guitar.
Paganini , Niccolò
Niccolò Paganini (1782 –1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1 are among the best known of his compositions, and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.
Here's the Cat-chup Blues presented over a familiar four-chord progression. There's some tricky fingering here, including hinge bars and cross fret barring. This piece probably suits the more advanced player, (with larger hands and the necessary finger stretch). Enjoy the challenge, and enjoy the music.
Isaac Albeniz (1860 - 1909) was a Spanish pianist and composer, best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms, many of which have been transcribed by others for the guitar.
My son loved to dance to my guitar boogie when he was 3 years old; this is an extended version of that piece.You can watch it on YouTube - hope you enjoy it!
Vittorio Monti (1868 -1922) was an Italian composer, violinist, mandolinist and conductor. He was born in Naples, where he studied violin and composition at the Conservatorio di San Pietro a Majella. Around 1900 he received an assignment as the conductor for the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris, where he wrote several ballets and operettas. His most famous work is his Czardas (Csárdás), written around 1904 and played by almost every gypsy orchestra.
This is the second movement from Dvorak's Czech Suite, originally for strings and winds.
This is the final movement from Dvorak's Czech Suite, originally for strings and winds.
Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916) was a Spanish pianist and composer of classical music. His music is in a uniquely Spanish style and, as such, representative of musical nationalism. Enrique Granados was also a talented painter in the style of Francisco Goya.Granados wrote piano music, chamber music (a piano quintet, a piano trio, music for violin and piano), songs, zarzuelas, and an orchestral tone poem based on Dante's Divine Comedy.