CD: Spirit of the Guitar: From Latin America to Europe
A unique album of Latin American solo guitar pieces, plus Baroque pieces with the Prairie Virtuosi Orchestra.
17 guitar solos from Latin America, Spain, Greece, United States and Canada. Includes the famous La Catedral by Barrios as well as Julia Florida, and gems by Lauro, Villa-Lobos, Andrew York, and others.
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Farewell - B. Schenstead
This solo guitar piece written has been described as "having true spirit and form" and lays very naturally on the guitar. (pdf format) This version includes right hand fingering. A tabbed version is also available upon request with this purchase.
Solfeggio - C.P.E. Bach
Transcribed for Solo Guitar by Ben Schenstead. This challenging piece exploresthe entire fingerboard. For upper intermediateto advanced players. (pdf format)
Fanfarinette - F. Couperin (arr. for Guitar Trio)
This piece written by Francois Couperin for clavecin, is a charming example ofthe Baroque rococo style. Popularized by Bob Jame's famous synthesizedversion, it has been used for CBC radio show themes. The arrangement for threeguitars by Ben Schenstead includes fingering and suggested ornamentation. (pdf format)
Concerto in Dm - A. Marcello (arr. for Guitar & StringQuartet)
Originally written for oboe, strings and continuo, this 3-movement piece alsosounds wonderful on guitar with string quartet.
The second movement (Adagio) has been taken down an octave which allows the expressive lower range of the guitar to be heard.
Fingerings and slurs have been added, but these can be adapted to suit the performer's taste. Individual parts included as wellas score.(pdf format)
Barcarola Veneziana - Ruggero Leoncavallo. Arr. for solo guitar by Ben Schenstead
This gently rocking barcarola will have you imagining you are on a boat in Venice! (pdf format). This piece is suitable for more advanced players. Guitar video to be posted soon. In the meanitme, check Lang Lang's wonderful piano rendition here: Barcarola Venezian -Lang Lang