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January 30, 2007 "Arrangements/Parkening, Assad Interviews"
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This week's edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features musical arrangements and interviews with Christopher Parkening and Sergio Assad.

The program begins with a twice-arranged piece. William Byrd (1543-1623) arranged the popular Elizabethan English song "Woods so Wild" as a set of virtuoso variations for keyboard. Lutenist Francis Cutting (1571-1596) made a lute arrangement of Byrd's setting.

Due to challenges of range and texture, the piano sonatas of Haydn (1732-1809) had been largely been ignored by guitarist-arrangers. Paul Galbraith's 8-string guitar, with its extended range bass and treble range, opens many new possibilities of repertoire.

In an interview with Christopher Parkening, he explains working with Hollywood composer/arranger/orchestrator Patrick Russ, and his arrangement for guitar and strings of Peter Warlock's (1894-1930) "Capriol Suite," a work originally for string orchestra alone.

Argentine composer-pianist Carlos Guastavino's (1912-2000) style has been called "Romantic Argentine Nationalism." The Two Romances arranged here by the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet are from a set of Three Romances originally composed for piano duo.

The program concludes with an interview and Piazzolla's "Tango Suite" arranged by Sergio Assad to include cellist Yo-yo Ma. Piazzolla composed the three movement work to the Assad Guitar Duo in 1983-84. "Arrangement" is a less accurate term, as Sergio Assad entirely composed the cello line, after listening to and arranging Piazzolla's music for 20 years.

Public Rado Satellite System uplink:
Wednesday, January 30, 2007 at 1300 ET Channel: A68.1

Program ID# 07-D65-00005
Title: Arrangements/Parkening, Assad Interviews
Total length: 58:00

In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to.."
Out Cue: MUSIC IN "...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"
Program Length: 58:00


Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude
Los Romeros (Philips 412-609)


Byrd/Cutting: Woods So Wild
Julian Bream, lute
(RCA 61587)

Haydn: Sonata, H16, #46
Paul Galbraith, guitar
(Delos 3239)

Interview: Christopher Parkening:
"I'm fortunate to work with an arranger named Patrick Russ... ... took it on tour, and recorded the piece."

Warlock: Capriol Suite
Christopher Parkening, guitar
Acad. St. Martin in-the-Fields
Iona Brown, musical director
(EMI 55052)

Guastavino: Two Romances
Santa Fe Guitar Quartet
(Omni Classics 22003)

Interview: Sergio Assad:
"Even back in time, I felt such a strong connection with his music... ...I suppose listening 20 years to the music of Piazzolla gives you this kind of liberty."

Piazzolla: Tango Suite: II, III
Yo-yo Ma, cello
Assad Guitar Duo
(Sony 90970)


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