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August 9, 2017 "Thomas Humphrey Interview"

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This week's edition of Classical Guitar Alive! features an artist profile of one of the greatest American luthiers of the late 20th/early 21st Century, Thomas Humphrey (1948-2008), and includes a 2001 interview in which he discusses his approach and philosophy of guitar-making, and his evolution from a maker of traditional instruments to his radical "Millenium" design, which appeared to him in a dream. One of the world’s leading guitar builders until his death in 2008, Thomas Humphrey-made instruments are still highly-sought-after and played by many concertizing classical guitarists.

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Thomas Humphrey

Public Radio Satellite System uplink:
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 1300 Eastern Time digital stereo channel: A68.1

Program ID# 10-D65-00029
Title: Thomas Humphrey Interview

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)


Scarlatti: Sonata K27
Eliot Fisk, guitar
GSP Recordings 1008

Interview: �That�s a very good question� � that sounds like me.�
Ponce: Prelude in f#minor
Adam Holzman, guitar
Naxos 8.553822

Interview: "I can certainly say that starting in 1970 through 1980, those were really growth years� � in 1982, everything changed and the guitars became a tribute to the old Spanish guitars."
Piazzolla: Ausencias
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin
Assad guitar duo
Nonesuch 79632

Interview: "The dream! The dream!, � � that was it. That was the last time I made a conventional guitar."
Ivanov-Kramskoi: Lullaby
David Starobin, guitar
Bridge 9004

Interview: "It�s really interesting; if you make guitars, there�s a lot of pressure coming from the outside, and I still to this day say that whoever makes the loudest first string will sell the most number of guitars� � from a very young age, I played the cello, and was very sensitive to the composer."
Brouwer: Concierto Elegiaco
Ricardo Cobo, guitar
Pro Musica Kiev
Richard Kapp, conductor
Essay 1040

Interview: "A young guitar maker came to me the other day� � unless you find the true path, you cannot walk it."
Kleynjans: Two Barcarolles
Ricardo Cobo, guitar
Ellipses Arts 964270

Interview: "This young guy I was talking about came to me and said, �So how do I make my guitars better?� � you certainly can�t express yourself as an individual; you can�t develop that personality that Ive been talking about unless you can pinpoint it."
Assad: Natsu No Niwa Suite: Watermelon, Summer Garden, Butterflies
Assad Guitar Duo
GHA 126.029
Assad: Natsu No Niwa Suite: Farewell
Assad Guitar Duo
GHA 126.029


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