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November 24, 2010 "Three Premieres/Acosta, Berg, Muska Interviews"
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Tony MorrisAnnibal AcostaChristopher BergAndrew Gignac Terry Muska

This week’s edition of CLASSICAL GUITAR ALIVE! features three world premieres and interviews with lutenist Christopher Berg, guitarist Terry Muska, and guitarist-composer Anibal Acosta.

The program begins with an interview with lutenist Christopher Berg, who discusses music of Baroque lutenist Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750), and how the preludes to his suites differ from lute suites of J.S. Bach (1685-1750).

Although not as well-known as his older brother Silvius Leopold Weiss, Johann Sigismund Weiss (1690-1737) was also a court lutenist. Estonian guitarist Heiki Matlik performs his guitar transcription of JS Weiss’s lute concerto in d minor with members from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

The program continues with a 1982 live recording of Tarrega’s “Capricho Arabe” by Maria Cortes, guitar professor at the Conservatory Federico Moreno Torroba in Madrid.

American composer Michael Daugherty is known for combining elements of popular culture and music in his works. This is also true of his Guitar Quintet, “Bay of Pigs”, which quotes music of Jimi Hendrix. The composer describes the work as a three movement elegy to Cuba past and present.

Commissioned by trumpeter Andrew Gignac in 2008, Peter Carey’s “Duo for Muted Trumpet and Guitar” is perhaps one of the rarest and unusual duo combinations with guitar. Guitarist Terry Muska discusses the genesis of the commission of the work.

The program concludes with an interview with award-winning guitarist-composer Dr. Anibal Acosta, Jr., who relates a harrowing story of how his left hand middle finger was completely cut off in a childhood accident, but was re-attached by his surgeon father, Dr. Anibal Acosta, Sr., the latter of whom went on to become famous as one of the original team of doctors which produced the world’s first so-called “test-tube baby.”

Anibal Acosta Jr.’s “Danza de los Bufones”, (Dance of the Buffoons) is performed by the composer on a live recording with flutist Jeryl Burnette.

Program ID# 10-D65-00047
Title: Three Premiers/Acosta, Berg, Muska Interviews

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)


Interview: Christopher Berg: “A lot of the Weiss suites do not have preludes, but it’s clear that the lutenist would just improvise them... ...logic and organization to them.”

Weiss: Suite in F: Prelude
Christopher Berg, lute
(live recording)

Johann Sigismund Weiss: Concerto in d minor
Heiki Matlik, guitar
Olga Voronova, violin
Sigrid Kuulmann-Martin, violin
Peeter Klass, gamba
Ivo Sillamaa, cembalo
Iloprint Klassika Raadio-Estonia

Tarrega: Capricho Arabe
Maria Cortes, guitar
live recording, 1982 Madrid

Michael Daugherty: Bay of Pigs
Manuel Barrueco, guitar
Cuarteto LatinoAmerica
Tonar Music 820360134920

Interview: Terry Muska: “As far as having a piece dedicated to trumpet and guitar, I knew this was going to be something definitely unique and probably special, and I think it tuned out to be...” “ was great.”

Peter Carey: Duo for Muted Trumpet & Guitar
Andrew Gignac, trumpet
Terry Muska, guitar

Interview: Anibal Acosta: “I don’t know if you want to put that on the radio, Tony. That’s a spooky story. Every guitar player will have nightmares after that. I must have been seven years old at a birthday party... ...otherwise I wouldn’t be a guitar player.”

Acosta: Danza de los Bufones
Jeryl Burnette, flute
Anibal Acosta, guitar


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