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Richard Pick: Selected Solo Works
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…
This volume is a collection of exercises, lessons and etudes extracted from the second edition of Dionisio Aguado’s Escuela of 1826. Stripping this guitar method from all of its text, creates a carefully graduated system of teaching which is similar in its construction to the later, much later, Bartók’s Mikrokosmos. As Bartók stated in his preface to his monumental pedagogical edifice, teachers do not need to be told how to teach. They already know. They need good mater…
The 12 Preludios were written by Miguel Alcázar as the result of his first two trips to the Soviet Union. During the first trip, in November-December of 1983, he met Nikita Koshkin during the presentation of Alcázar's work at the Union of Composers in Moscow. A few days later, he promised to write something for him, as a way of commemorating the beginning of their friendship, if Alcázar would write also something for Koshkin. Both agreed upon this and when Alcá…
The Hutsul Rhapsody is an expression of the composer’s fascination with the traditional music of the Hutsuls, a Ukrainian ethnic group that lives in the Carpathian mountains in the Western Ukraine. The work builds upon the peculiarities of Hutsul traditions, the modalities of the music, particularly as performed on the Hutsul tsymbaly, a type of hammered dulcimer with metal strings that are struck with wooden hammers. 4 pp.
As the title implies, Partita is a polyphonic cycle in four movements. Though each of the movements is based on a different genre, they are united by one idea thus rendering the whole as one continuous work. 6 pp..
Boris Asafiev - 6 Romances & 12 Preludes,
The present work achieves double merit by contributing to the enrichment of the guitar’s repertoire with material whose value is beyond discussion; on the other hand, the real contribution of this work is to make it possible for the present day guitarist to have in his hands a method that focuses on the practice of polyphony. It is not only a delight listening to the performance of a work so coveted by guitarists, but one is also amazed at the extensive polyphonic horizon to be covered upo…
The composer says:
Folklorists have determined that the quintessential national Honduran dance is the Xique. The Xique (or Sique) is a very simple popular peasant couple dance with a definite European influence and tempo of a fast waltz. Though some of these dances are strictly for the salon, the majority of Honduran folkloric dances are of indigenous roots and have many elements that tie it to the Creole imitations of European musical styles. The onomatopoeic name of the dance, Xique, i…
Gilbert Biberian is one of the most innovative performers and composers working in the field of the classical guitar today. He completed his schooling in Leeds where he also began his musical education with jazz clarinetist Vic Bennett. In 1968 he graduated from Trinity College of Music, continuing his studies with James Patten, Elisabeth Lutyens and Hans Keller, and interpretation with the pianist Antony Kinsella. Following a successful debut in the Wigmore Hall in 1969 he was invited to work w…