February 26, 2008 "Virtuoso Variations"
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This week's program is titled "Virtuoso Variations", and features works written in variation
form by Handel, Carulli, Rodrigo, and Giuliani.
The program begins with Grammy-winner David Russell's solo guitar arrangement of the
Passacaglia from Handel's 7th Keyboard Suite. Unlike the classic theme & variations form,
where variations are based on a melodic theme, the passacaglia form features variations
based on a repeating bass line.
The theme and variations form has been a favorite of guitar composer, especially in the 19th
Century. Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841) arranged Beethoven's Variations on a theme of Mozart
for guitar and fortepiano, plus added a few variations of his own.
Joaquin Rodrigo's (1901-1999) "Concierto Madrigal" for two guitars and orchestra is a set of
10 short variations on the Renaissance madrigal "Felices Ojos Mios" (Happy Eyes of Mine).
The program closes with Mauro Giuliani's (1782-1829) variations on themes from Rossini's opera
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Program ID# 08-D65-00009
Title: Virtuoso Variations
Total length: 58:57
In Cue: MUSIC IN "Hello and welcome to.."
Out Cue: MUSIC IN "...another edition of Classical Guitar Alive!"
Bizet: Carmen Suite: Prelude
Los Romeros (Philips 412-609)
David Russell, guitar
Carulli: Beethoven Variations
Sonja Prunnbauer, guitar
Robert Hill, fortepiano
Rodrigo: Concierto Madrigal
Pepe & Angel Romero, guitars
Acad. St. Martin in-the-fields
Neville Marriner, conductor
Giuliani: Variations, op. 146
Frederic Zigante, guitar
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