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Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects. Much of his piano music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music has entered the standard concert repertoire.
Bach, Johann Sebastian
The original piece is part of Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068, written for his patron Prince Leopold sometime between the years 1717 and 1723. The air is usually played slowly and freely, and features an intertwining harmony and melody. The title comes from violinist August Wilhelmj's late 19th century arrangement of the piece for violin and piano. By transposing the key of the piece from its original D major to C major, Wilhelmj was able to play the piece on only one string of his violin, the G string.
Handel, George Frideric
The Water Music is a collection of orchestral movements, often considered as three suites, composed by George Frideric Handel. It premiered in the summer of 1717 when King George I requested a concert on the River Thames. The concert was performed by 50 musicians that joined King George I on his barge.
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Allegretto - movement II from the Moonlight sonata (Op. 27, No. 2, 1801) for piano solo. The original key is Db major.
Originally for piano (from Lyric Pieces), this tender lullaby is rendered here for guitar and clarinet. Night-night.
A fully ornamented version of the Aria from The Goldberg Variations. BWV 988 are a set of 30 variations for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach. First published in 1741 as the fourth in a series Bach called Clavier-Ubung, "Keyboard Practice", the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. It is named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.
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.
Bach, Johann Sebastian, Gounod, Charles
Ave Maria is a popular and much recorded melody. It was composed by Charles Gounod (1818 - 93) in 1859 during the romantic era, based on the harmony and texture of J.S.Bach's Prelude No.1 in C Major from Well-Tempered Clavier Book I (BWV 846). It is a setting of the standard Latin Ave Maria text.
Ellens dritter Gesang (Ellens Gesang III, D839, Op 52 no 6, 1825), Ellen's third song in English, composed by Franz Schubert in 1825, is one of Schubert's most popular works, although some misconceptions exist regarding its provenance. Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) was an Austrian composer. He is particularly noted for his original melodic and harmonic writing.
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.
Lumbye, Hans Christian
The graceful and charming piece Britta Polka was composed 1864 for an unknown Copenhagen girl. Hans Christian Lumbye (1810 - 1874) was a Danish composer and conductor and one of most important names in Danish 19th century music. He was chief conductor and leader of the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra between 1843 to 1872. As a composer he was influenced by Viennese music and especially by Strauss. Lumbye composed over 600 pieces, many of them typical of their time (polkas, marches, waltzes).
Adolphe Charles Adam (1803 - 1856) was a French composer and music critic. He is best known today for his operas and ballets, and his Christmas carol Minuit, chrétiens! (O Holy Night) (1847). Adam was also a noted teacher. Léo Delibes was among his pupils.
(Clarinet in Bb part in F Major for guitar Capo I is included) Champagne Galop is perhaps Lumbye's most famous and popular piece. It traditionally forms the finale of every gala night at Tivoli in Copenhagen. Champagne Galop is a kind of programme music, in the first bars (of the orchestra version) one hears the pop of a champagne cork. Hans Christian Lumbye, (1810 - 1874), was a Danish composer and conductor. As a composer he was influenced by Viennese music and especially by Strauss. Lumbye composed over 600 pieces, many of them are typical of his time (polkas, marches, waltzes).
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.
This piece is from La Gioconda, Amilcare Ponchielli's (1832 - 1886) best known opera, which his librettist arrigo Boito adapted from the same play by Victor Hugo that had been previously set by Mercadante (Il Giuramento, 1837) and Carlos Gomes (Fosca, 1873). It was first produced in 1876 and revised several times.
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.
Enrique Granados (1867 - 1916) was a Spanish pianist and composer. His music is uniquely Spanish and representative of musical nationalism. Enrique Granados was also a talented painter in the style of Francisco Goya. Granados wrote piano music, chamber music, songs, zarzuelas, and an orchestral tone poem based on Dante's Divine Comedy. Many of his piano compositions have been transcribed for the classical guitar and are generally considered as some of the most beautiful music in the guitar repertoire.
Ludwig van Beethoven, (1770 –1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
Ángel Villoldo (1861 - 1919) was an Argentine musician and one of the pioneers of tango. He was born south of the city of Buenos Aires. He was a lyricist, composer and one of the major singers of the era. He is also known by the pseudonyms A. Gregorio, Fray Pimiento, Gregorio Giménez, Angel Arroyo and Mario Reguero. "El Choclo" (Spanish: meaning "The Ear of Corn" more accurately "The Corn Cob") is a popular song written by Ángel Villoldo, allegedly written in honour of and taking its title from the nickname of the proprietor of a nightclub, who was known as El Choclo. It is probably one of the most popular tangos in Argentina.
Miguel Llobet (1878 – 1938) was a classical guitarist, born in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). Llobet was a renowned virtuoso who toured Europe and America extensively. He made well known arrangements of Catalan folk songs for the solo guitar and is also the composer of original works.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Andante (main theme) from Piano Concerto No. 21, KV. 467 by W.A. Mozart (1756 - 1791). Often called Elvira Madigan after the 1967 Swedish film by Bo Wideberg. The original key is F major.
Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period. He is widely regarded as the greatest Polish composer, and ranks as one of music's greatest tone poets.