The Choro is a traditional Brazilian dance with a catchy beat this piece is a staple of the classical guitar repertoire. Villa-Lobos was actually quite a good guitarist himself and there do exist recordings of him playing this piece.
Foster and Jackson: "Music from the Heart and Soul".
In mid 2007 I played guitar on a the DVD "Music from the Heart and Soul" for Wayne Foster and Patrick Jackson. Wayne and Patrick have been singers with famous and internationally acclaimed groups including The Coasters and Billy Washington's: The Drifters. As members of these groups both Wayne and Patrick have toured and performed from coast to coast in the USA with appearances in Las Vegas and Reno throughout South East Asia New Zealand and in the major cities in Australia. They have shared the stage with music greats including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Ink Spots, The Platters as well as the revered Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Third in a series of five preludes. The piece contains strong musical gestures and is open to a wide range of interpretation. This piece is among the most intimate and widely loved of the concert guitar repertoire. You will notice a homage to Bach with the upper pedal points in the second section.
At the beginning of the 20th century, or rather at the end of the 19th century Francisco Tarrega wrote one of the most famous guitar pieces of all time. The melancholy waltz has a humming melody which uses the guitar to great effect.
Recuerdos de la Alhambra at the Art Gallery of N.S.W.
At the beginning of the 20th century, or rather at the end of the 19th century Francisco Tarrega wrote one of the most famous guitar pieces of all time. The melancholy waltz has a humming melody which uses the guitar to great effect. This version is from a live performance at the Art Gallery of N.S.W.
This is an excerpt from a performance at the Art Gallery of N.S.W. I also recorded a full version (available to hear on this site). Another impressionistic piece by the pianist Isaac Albeniz, this one depicts a stomping flamenco dance in 3/4 complete with the characteristic flamenco vocalisations in the middle section.
This tune was made famous in the 1950's film ""Jeux Interdits"" (Forbidden Pleasures) where it was performed on the soundtrack by the Spanish Guitarist Narciso Yepes. I begin with my solo guitar arrangement, then the video segues into my arrangement for guitar and strings (Violin and Cello).
This famous theme has been used on many movie soundtracks. It is ideally suited to a romantic interlude
for example during the signing of the papers during a wedding ceremony. It also works very well as a solo guitar piece.
Between June 4th-7th 2008 I performed at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre in the world premiere of Jeff Galea's Opera "Wounding Song". Guitar fans would find the work of interest because the Opera features guitar as the central instrument in the orchestra! This is possibly a world first for an opera. In the hands of capable composers like Jeff Galea the guitar has a bright future!