I discovered a love of classical---or Spanish---guitar when I was fairly young. The daughter of a pianist, I had, of course, studied classical music and multiple instruments (piano and viola). But what I really wanted to play was the guitar.
In my opinion, the top classical guitarists in my lifetime are:
1. Andrés Segovia (the master)
2. John Williams (click to his site to hear samples of his latest album, which is awesome)
3. Julian Bream (very interesting range)
I wanted to share some of their music here today, but really struggled with which artist and what song. Up tempo? Slower? Classical? Or with a Spanish theme? I didn't figure you'd be willing to spend an hour sampling songs at my blog.
So, in honor of my girls' and their birthdays, I chose Debussy's Clair de Lune performed by John Williams and Julian Bream.
John Williams studied under Andrés Segovia, and is brilliant in almost any style. He is a true musician. Watching his fingers move over the strings, the strength or softness he can invoke, is gorgeous.
Julian Bream is as amazing with the lute as the guitar, and I haven't even mentioned the cello or piano yet.. Anyone who can be a jack of all trades and master of many is truly talented, in my book.
When Patience was born, she had a rough first year (which meant we did, too). One of the few things that soothed her was classical guitar music.
This song was one of her favorites:
I highly recommend classical guitar for soothing the savage baby. Bach is excellent, as is Brahms, but don't neglect the amazing Spanish style composers, such as Isaac Albéniz.
(Slightly off-topic: Probably my favorite of the classical composers is Antonin Dvořák, and not just because of the viola. Probably because---like Albéniz---he incorporates local folk music into many of his compositions. His music is fairly intense and slightly chaotic in a woven seamlessly sort of way, in my opinion. It's not pattern interruption, as Mozart's music is, which I find irritating. Just my humble opinion. Patience loves Dvořák too, especially the cello concerto.)
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