Special Podcast: Guitar Marathon 2006 (originally aired Feb. 23, 2006)
Saturday, September 13, 2008
For this New Sounds program, there’s new music from the biannual New York Guitar Festival Marathon at the 92nd Street Y - this edition was "450 Years of Spanish Guitar." Listen to three newly commissioned world-premiere compositions — all inspired by Spanish themes: "Los Cambios Quedan Igual," by Gyan Riley for classical guitar; Variations on "La Follia" by Dominic Frasca, for guitar and laptop; and "Memorial" by Bryce Dessner, for guitar, viola, and percussion. There’s a Flamenco impression left by Riley’s work coupled with bluesy bends, while Dessner's piece is inspired by the traditions of ornamentation and improvisation in Spanish and Italian Renaissance lute music. And listen to Frasca’s untitled piece, for 10-string guitar and computer, is a set of variations on La Follia, a well-known theme (based on a Spanish folk melody) that has been used in Western music since the Renaissance.