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.
Interview: Andrew McKenna Lee: “It's genesis came though an idea... ... which is basically how that little piece came about.”
CPE Bach: Concerto in A major
Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Prelude & Fugue #1
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Well-Tempered Guitars, Prelude & Fugue #5, Prelude 4
Villa-Lobos: Bachiana Brasileiras #1
Interview: Mark Anthony Cruz: "Sure, yeah, that's one of my favorite pieces... ... to make it a very fun piece."
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