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March 18, 2009 "Bach and Beyond"
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Tony MorrisAndrew McKenna LeeBrasil Guitar DuoBenjamin Verdery Heitor Villa-Lobos

This week’s edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! is titled “Bach and Beyond”, and features music inspired or influenced by music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), and interviews with Yale University music professor Benjamin Verdery, and composers Andrew McKenna Lee and Mark Anthony Cruz.

The program begins with a March 2009 interview with guitarist-composer Andrew McKenna Lee, in which he talks about how Bach’s Prelude in d minor for lute, BWV 999, became the inspiration and basis of his own piece, “Five Refractions on a Prelude of Bach.”

In a 1995 interview, guitarist Benjamin Verdery discusses his arrangement of CPE Bach’s Concerto in A major, and relates an account of CPE Bach speaking about his father JS Bach’s organ playing.

The program continues with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet’s recording of the Prelude & Fugue #1 from Book I of JS Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier. Inspired by Bach’s monumental work of 24 preludes and fugues in each key, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) composed his own set of 24 preludes and fugues for two guitars, and titled it “The Well-Tempered Guitars.” The work was dedicated to the Presti-Lagoya Duo.

Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) combined his love of Bach’s music with a nationalistic style in his nine “Bachianas Brasieiras.” The Prague Guitar Quartet performs their arrangement of #1.

The program concludes with a February 2009 interview with composer-guitarist Mark Anthony Cruz, who discusses his humorous encore piece “Bachlava”, which contains five Bach themes.

Program ID# 09-D65-00011
Title: Bach and Beyond

In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to.."
Out Cue: MUSIC IN "...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"
Program Length: 58:57


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


Interview: Andrew McKenna Lee: “It’s genesis came through an idea … …which is basically how that little piece came about.”

Bach: Prelude in d minor BWV 999
Andrew McKenna Lee, guitar
NWAM 013

Interview: Benjamin Verdery: “I have fond memories of that… …of course he didn’t quite phrase it like that.”

CPE Bach: Concerto in A major
Benjamin Verdery, guitar
Laurentian String Quintet
Anthony Newman, harpsichord
Musical Heritage Society

Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Prelude & Fugue #1
LA Guitar Quartet
Delos 3205

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Well-Tempered Guitars: Prelude & Fugue #5, Prelude 4
Brasil Guitar Duo
Naxos 5.70778

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras #1
Prague Guitar Quartet
Panton 810993-2131

Interview: Mark Anthony Cruz: “Sure, yeah, that’s one of my favorite pieces… … to make it a very fun piece.”

Cruz: Bachlava
Mark Anthony Cruz, guitar
MAC Publications 50532-08582


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