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Pick — 12 Christmas Carols
Alexei Alexandrovich Agibalov was born in Tashkent in 1940. He began studying the guitar at a young age, using the methods by Alexander Ivanov-Kramskoi for the six-string guitar and by Vladimir Sazonov for the Russian seven-string guitar. He received his first lessons from a Western guitarist during the 1963 concert tour in Tashkent of the Argentinian guitarist Manuel Lopez Ramos. That experience has convinced him to seek formal musical education, and in the same year, he enrolled in the Gnes…
Alexei Alexandrovich Agibalov was born in Tashkent in 1940. He began studying the guitar at a young age, using the methods by Alexander Ivanov-Kramskoi for the six-string guitar and by Vladimir Sazonov for the Russian seven-string guitar. He received his first lessons from a Western guitarist during the 1963 concert tour in Tashkent of the Argentinian guitarist Manuel Lopez Ramos. That experience has convinced him to seek formal musical education, and in the same year, he enrolled in th…
Boris Asafiev - 6 Romances & 12 Preludes,
Boris Asafiev (1884-1949) was perhaps the most important musicologist, critic and writer in the Soviet Union during the early decades of the century. Asafiev was introduced to the guitar by Andrés Segovia, during the latter’s 1926 tour of the Soviet Union. Probably with Segovia’s encouragement, Asafiev set to write music for the guitar. The result of his work in this direction were the Six Romances and 12 Preludes for Solo Guitar, and the present guitar concerto in G Major, al…
Guitarist and composer Nadia Boríslova was born in Moscow in 1969. She studied guitar and orchestral direction of Russian folk instruments at the 48th Musical School of Moscow and at the Gnesin State School of Moscow. Since 1988 she has been engaged in an intense concert activity, and has performed concerts in Russia, France, Hungary, U.S.A, Costa Rica, Cuba, Paraguay, Morocco, and Mexico. As a composer, her compositions have been published in Russia, Mexico, Italy, Sweden, Spain and C…
A Silly Horse was written in 1981 for the composer’s wife, the Russian acclaimed soprano Tatiana Melentieva. She gave the first American performance of the piece at the Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) in 1991. The present version for voice and guitar was authorized by the composer who actively supervised the transcription process. A Silly Horse is not merely a musical composition for voice and an accompanying instrument. It is a multi-media work, lasting some 70 minutes, which involve…
White Nights Serenades is a major composition for the guitar, composed by Mr. Korchmar in 1990. The White Nights is a time around the summer solstice when the prolonged twilights of evening and morning merge into a night full of light. This is a special time in St. Petersburg when the city does not seem to go to sleep. The social impact of this time of the year was already well recognized at the time of Alexander Pushkin whose poem The Bronze Horseman is used by Korchmar to set the context of th…
Nikita Koshkin Da-Capo-24 Easy Pieces.
Here is a period guitar arrangement of a song that today, 104 years after it was first composed, still enjoys wide-spread popularity in Russia, in both private and public occasions. The song made a brief appearance in the West when it was used in the 1999 film Onegin, starring Ralph Fiennes. Imbued with heart-rending emotions, its performance does not fail to deeply affect both performer and listener. On the Hills of Manchuria was written by Ilya Alexeyevich Shatrov (1879-1952), based on …
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Sergei Orekhov (b. 1935) The song known as Troika, evokes the old Russian three-horse carriage and the symbolism inherent in images of the vast distances of the Russian landscape, far away and unrequited love, the romantic melancholy of autumn. The Troika Variations are characteristic of Orekhov’s improvisatory style, so closely influenced by Russian gypsy music. The arrangement, in another form, first made by Boris Khlopovsky, has been circulating among Russian guitarists for many years,…
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