January 30, 2007 "Arrangements/Parkening, Assad Interviews"
<Listen Online Now>
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
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
Haydn: Sonata, H16, #46
Paul Galbraith, guitar
Interview: Christopher Parkening:
"I'm fortunate to work with an arranger named Patrick Russ... ... took it on tour, and recorded
Warlock: Capriol Suite
Christopher Parkening, guitar
Acad. St. Martin in-the-Fields
Iona Brown, musical director
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
CLOSING THEME/FUNDING CREDITS