A History of the Guitar
This lecture-performance will show the development of the modern guitar from the age of the troubadour to the present. Musical examples will be performed on Renaissance Lute, Baroque Guitar and the Classical Guitar. The lecture will highlight the basic musical characteristics of each period as reflected in the various instruments. Composers featured will be Dowland, De Murcia, Sor, Albeniz, Domeniconi and Savage.
ANDRÉS SEGOVIA: GUITARIST AND VISIONARY
This lecture will focus on the great maestro’s contribution in bringing the classical guitar to international prominence. The lecture will highlight Segovia’s performances as well the many works written for him. We will also explore his legacy through his teaching, recording and mentorship.
JULIAN BREAM – LUTENIST & GUITARIST
“A GUITARIST OF MANY COLORS”
This lecture will feature the artistry of the great English guitarist & lutenist, Julian Bream. We will explore his guitar playing and look at the numerous compositions written for him. Bream is widely cited as the person who re-discovered the Renaissance lute repertoire and brought it to international prominence. We will hear and discuss compositions including Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal, the Walton Bagatelles and the lute music of the Renaissance.
THE LUTE MUSIC OF JOHN DOWLAND (1563 -1626)
John Dowland is considered one of the greatest lutenists of the Renaissance. Dowland wrote for a variety of mediums including solo lute, madrigals and consort. In this lecture/performance we will discuss his musical diversity and hear recordings along with live performances.