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July 1, 2009 "Music from Latin America"
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This week's edition of Classical Guitar Alive! celebrates the musical contributions from Latin America- the Spanish and Portuguese- speaking countries of the Americas, with their unique musical forms, dances and rhythms. Special thanks to Simon M. , a listener in Manchester, England, for suggesting the theme of this week's program.

The program begins with an early recording by Jorge Morel (b. 1931) of Agustin Barrios's(1885-1944) "Choro do Saudade." This sets the tone for the program- an Argentine guitarist performing a work by a Paraguayan composer, who wrote this piece in a Brazilian style.

The latest 2007 CD release by the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet features music of eight-time Grammy- winning Cuban musician Paquito D'Rivera( b. 1948)'s "Tres Danzas Latinoamericas" are jazz-influenced works written in the form of nationalistic dance forms: Wapango (Mexico), Danzon (Cuba), Vals Venezolano (Venezuela).

The "Concierto Antillano" by Puerto Rican composer Ernesto Cordero (b. 1946) looks to music of the Antilles for its source, and is based on Cuban and Puerto Rican forms and rhythms.

The Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs Cuban composer Eduardo Martin's "Hasta Alicia Baila" (Until Alicia Dances), which uses the overlapping cross-rhythms of the Cuban rumba.

Argentine guitarist composer Jose Luis Merlin (b. 1952) also draws influence from his homeland. His "Progresiones para Pauline" is dedicated to the memory of Pauline Lasse, who worked for the Council on Human Rights in Latin America in Eugene, Oregon. Merlin's "Galope el Jinete" (The Rider Galops) is based on a poem of Nicandro Pereyra, and is representative of the influence of Argentina's horse culture.

The program concludes with Venezuelan composer Antonio Lauro's (1917-1986) "Nelly" arranged for guitar and the Latin American instrument, the cuatro, performed by John Williams and Alfonso Montes.

Public Radio Satellite System uplink:
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 1300 Eastern Time digital stereo channel: A68.1

Program ID# 09-D65-00025
Title: Music from Latin America
Total length: 58:57

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)


Barrios: Choro do Saudade
Jorge Morel, guitar
(Luthier Music 2002)

DŐRivera: Tres Danzas Latinoamericas
Santa Fe Guitar Quartet
(Soundset Recordings 1024)

Cordero: Concierto Antillano
Angel Romero, guitar
Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico
Roselin Pabon, conductor
(Luna Films 1)

Eduardo Martin: Hasta Alicia Baila
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
(Telarc 80593)

Merlin: Progresiones para Pauline
Cuarteto Hispanoamerica
Galope el Jinete
(Dos Almas Music 2002)

Lauro: Nelly
John Williams, guitar
Alfonso Montes, cuatro
(Sony 90451)


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