Classical Guitar

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

BACH CHACONNE –  11 STRING GUITAR “the most perfect single piece of music ever written”

Performed By Moran Wasser. He uses a capo on the treble strings and leaves the bass strings unchanged. This effectively makes the instrument into an AltoGuitar.

“I arranged the Chaconne in Em many years ago. Em is as resonant as Dm on 6 string and a similar level of difficulty but Em allows one of my favorite passages to have a middle pedal as it does on the violin (A note equivalent to 3rd string 2nd fret) as an open B. When I got an 8 string I tried it in Cm (the open pedal = open G 3rd string) and it works quite well in that key. But the 11 string made me go back to Em as I can play the bass line integral to much of the work with the low open basses (E,D,C,B,A occurs or is hinted at often in the minor sections).

My 11 string is pitched in E so I can play normal guitar ensemble music and because I prefer the pitch.” – Wikipedia

After listening and watching this version of the Chaconne on the 11 String guitar to my ear the traditional 6 string version sounds a little thin – rod wilson.

More Bach by Moran Wasser

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J.S. Bach on 8-string guitar. Adagio and Fuga BWV 1003  performed By Drew Henderson

BACH / MARCELLO – Kolk Duo

(Shades of Ida Presti and Alexander LaGoya)

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JOHN DOWLAND

1. John Dowland – A Fancy, P5 0:00 (note the capo at 2nd fret) 2. Manuel Ponce – Sonata Romantica: II. Andante 2:18 3. Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata K.53 in D Major 7:35 4. Dusan Bogdanovic – Sonata No. 3 11:18

American classical guitarist Xavier Jara (1993), is the 1st prize winner of the 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition.  A native of Minnesota, Jara was a student of Alan Johnston at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis until 2011 when he moved to Paris, France to study with Judicaël Perroy.

Jara studied in Paris for six years with Perroy.  During this time he completed his Bachelor’s Degree at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he also studied with French guitarist Olivier Chassain, and lute master Eric Bellocq.  He received 1st place in a number of international competitions including the Viseu International Competition (2014), the Boston Guitarfest (2014), the Gargnano, Italy Competition (2015), the Ciudad de Coria Competition (2015), and the Tokyo International Competition (2016).  In 2016, Jara returned home to the United States to win the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s Rose Augustine Grand Prize.

Jara’s 2017-2018 concert tour began in September 2017.  He performed more than 50 concerts in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala & Panama, including a concert at Carnegie Hall (April 5, 2018). Currently, he is pursuing a Masters degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has recently performed in Central America and Japan.

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JOQUIN RODRIGO (1901 – 1999)

Adam Cicchillitti plays Toccata (1933) by Joaquin Rodrigo. Rodrigo’s Toccata was discovered in the archives of guitarist Regino Sainz de la Maza over 80 years after it was written. The piece is more popularly known as the first movement of the Concierto de Estio for solo violin. Recorded in Toronto in May 2019 at the church of St. Mary Magdalene.

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SERGIO ASSAD (born 26 December 1952) Brazilian composer and arranger

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 Alonso Mudarra (c. 1510 – April 1, 1580) was a  Spanish composer of the Renaissance and also played the vihuela, a  guitar shaped string instrument. He was an innovative composer of instrumental music as well as songs, and was the composer of the earliest surviving music for the guitar.

Peformed by Moran Wasser on an 11-string guitar.

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FERNANDO SOR (14 February 1778 – died 10 July 1839)

Op.35, #18 / Op.60, #22 / Op.60, #23..

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FRANCISCO TARREGA (21 November 1852 – 15 December 1909) was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist of the Romantic Period.