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Spanish guitar music on The Spanish Hour, Mon 6/17 @ 10pm

Joaquín Rodrigo believed this to be the best definition ever given of the Spanish guitar.

6/3 Music for Two Guitars Chopin wrote that the only thing more beautiful than one guitar is two guitars. On today’s show, we prove him right, with work for two guitars and orchestra by Federico Moreno Torroba and Joaquín Rodrigo, with Paco de Lucía, Narciso Yepes, and more great guitarists of our age.

6/10 Songs of Spain One of Spain’s musical glories is her wealth of songs -- from every region and every era, loved and kept alive through the ages through transcriptions and arrangements. We’ll hear Manuel Valls’s transcription of Sephardic songs, a cello and piano version of Manuel de Falla’s Popular Spanish Songs, and José Luis Greco’s work for voice and string quartet, inspired by songs collected by Federico García Lorca. Enjoy this program of adaptations, arrangements, and inspirations of Spanish songs from the 15th - 21st centuries.


6/17 Spanish Guitar Classics Claude Debussy defined the guitar as an expressive harpsicord. Joaquín Rodrigo believed this to be the best definition ever given of the Spanish guitar. Of the works for guitar solo, guitar duo and guitar with orchestra on this week’s program, only one was written specifically for the guitar. We’ll hear Julian Bream, Rupert Boyd, and the Heinrich-Albert Duo perform Albéniz, Granados, and Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

6/24 Profile: Jorge Morel A celebration of the music of Argentine guitarist and composer Jorge Morel, with recordings of his works performed by David Starobin, David Russell, Hilary Field, and Maestro Morel himself.

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