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Variations on a Theme of Scriabin by Tansman

Thomas Viloteau performs Variations on a Theme of Scriabin by Polish composer Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986), written in 1972 for Andres Segovia, after the Prelude, Op. 16, No. 4 by Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915). This comes via his fantastic YouTube channel. Wonderful performance by Viloteau with virtuosity, superb…

Sonata No.1 Para Guitarra by Carlos Guastavino

Sonata No.1 Para Guitarra by Carlos Guastavino

Sonata para guitarra (Sonata No.1) was written by Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000) in 1967 and become recognized as one of the major 20th Century full sonatas for guitar. Guastavino was one of the foremost Argentine composers of the 20th century having…

In a Room by Rodney Sharman

In a Room by Canadian composer Rodney Sharman (b.1958) – This is a wonderful work that I came to know about through Adrian Verdejo‘s performances. The video above is from Sharman’s YouTube channel where he makes the score available to…

Prelude, Fugue & Allegro BWV 998 by Bach

Prelude, Fugue & Allegro, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). This is truly one of the great works by Bach that is playable on the modern guitar. The Prelude and Allegro being fairly attainable while the fugue pushing the…

Segoviana for Guitar, Op. 366 by Darius Milhaud

Segoviana for Guitar, Op. 366 by Darius Milhaud

Segoviana, Op. 366 by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) – Written in 1957, this was Milhaud’s only work for guitar. Milhaud was a French composer, conductor, and teacher. He was a member of historic composer group Les Six (The Group of Six) and a…

Drei Tentos from Kammermusik (1958) by Hans Werner Henze

Drei Tentos for Guitar by Hans Werner Henze

Drei Tentos from Kammermusik (1958) by Hans Werner Henze (1926–2012) These famous short works for solo guitar come from Hans Werner Henze’s larger work Kammermusik (chamber music) written in 1958, and originally dedicated to Benjamin Britten. Kammermusik is a 12-movement chamber…

Fantasy for Guitar, Op.107 by Malcolm Arnold

Fantasy for Guitar, Op.107 by Malcolm Arnold

Fantasy for Guitar Op. 107 by English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006) was composed 1971 and consists of seven movements: I. Prelude, II. Scherzo, III. Arietta, IV. Fugetta, V. Arietta, VI. March, VII. Postlude. Edited by Julian Bream in 1971.…

Homenaje, Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy by Manuel de Falla

Homenaje, Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946). Played by Sanel Redžić on a 1961 Hermann Hauser II via Siccas Guitars and their great YouTube channel. This is one of the gems of modern works for the guitar filled with…

Five Bagatelles for Guitar - William Walton

Five Bagatelles for Guitar by Sir William Walton

Five Bagatelles for Guitar by English composer Sir William Walton (1902-1983) were written for Julian Bream and dedicated to Malcolm Arnold “with admiration and affection for his 50th birthday.” Julian Bream gave a complete premiere the work on Jan 21, 1973…

Sonatina Op. 52 by Lennox Berkeley

Sonatina for Guitar Op.52 by Lennox Berkeley

Sonatina for Guitar op.52 by Lennox Berkeley (1903-1989) – Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley (1903–1989) was one of the major English composers of his time and wrote this work in 1957. It was dedicated to Julian Bream, who gave its…

The Sailor’s Fate by Nikita Koshkin

The Sailor’s Fate by Nikita Koshkin (b.1956) from his Da Capo – 24 Easy Pieces. Russian title is Судьба Моряка. Tempo Moderato flotato. These “easy” pieces range from Beginner to Intermediate and all have great character. I’ll be posting more…

Bradford Werner Plays Impressions soleil couchant by Dyens

Bradford Werner plays Impressions soleil couchant (à Francis Poulenc) by Roland Dyens (1955-2016) and via my YouTube. I’ll be trying to post weekly student and intermediate pieces so you can discover new repertoire to play. I love this simple hommage…