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Swedish guitarist Göran Söllscher performs works by Bach, Dowland, Pärt and the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.”

maxresdefaultGöran Söllscher (born 31 December 1955) is a Swedish award-winning virtuoso classical guitarist known for his broad range of musical interpretations, ranging from Bach to the Beatles. Söllscher’s international career began during his years of education at the Royal Conservatory of Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark when at the age of 23, he won the Concours International de Guitare in Paris, 1978. He was signed by German record label Deutsche Grammophon, the largest label featuring classical guitarists. As of 2005, Söllscher had released 19 records, which altogether have sold over a million copies.” – Wikipedia


Leo Brouwer
Kleine Zaal, Concertgebouw – Amsterdam
1976-10-09 (FM)

Cuban guitarist and composer Leo Brouwer plays a solo recital in the hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The works on the program are all exemplary of Leo Brouwer. Arrangements of Baroque music, his own work and as a final piece of work for guitar and electronics. Due to an injury to his right hand in the early 1980’s, Leo Brouwer stopped performing and switched to composing full-time.

00:00 Six Lute Pieces of the Renaissance 6.55
Anonymous – Transcribed by Oscar Chilesotti
– I. Vaghe belleze et bionde treccie d’oro vedi che per ti moro.
– II. Bianco Fiore.
– III. Danza.
– IV. Gagliarda
– V. Se io m’accorgo
– VI. Saltarello

06:55 Johan Sebastian Bach 13.38
Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 BVW 1004

20:33 Domenico Scarlatti 24.12
Six sonatas for harpsichord
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Leo Brouwer
44:43 – Parábola 6.43
51:26 – Canticum 4.30
55:54 – La espiral eterna 8.12

1:04:05 Tres piezas populares argentinas 8.12
– Astor Piazzolla – Uknown Title
– Astor Piazzolla – Uknown Title
– Astor Piazzolla – Uknown Title

1:12:16 Tres piezas populares cubanas 8.26
– Leo Brouwer – Berceuse (Cancion de Cuna)
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1:20:41 Tres piezas populares brasileiras 8.42
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– João Pernambuco – Sons De Carrilhoes
– Antonio Carlos Jobim – Samba de Uma Nota Só

1:29:21 Leo Brouwer 11.36
Metáfora del amor (guitar and tape)


Bardsdale for solo guitar, is “an evocation of the tranquil California landscape around the groves of Fillmore.” The three movements are titled Early Morning: A Deep Rain, Mid-day and Evening: Dusk, Luminous Streaks Of.

Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith (born December 18, 1941) is an American trumpeter and composer, working primarily in the fields of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. He was one of three finalists for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music for Ten Freedom Summers, released on May 22, 2012 (Wikipedia)

Thrilled to find a new performance by Christophe Dejour on yerTube this morning…

performers notes:

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue (BWV 903)
originally written for the Harpsichord,
but here in an arrangement for solo guitar made by Christophe Dejour.

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Fantasia: 0.08
Fugue: 7.35

Bach probably composed it during his time in Köthen from 1717 to 1723. The piece was already regarded as a unique masterpiece during his lifetime. It is now often played on piano.

It´s not the first time the work has been transcribed for the guitar but this is my modest attempt. The work has a.o. also been transcribed for viola solo by Zoltán Kodály in 1950 and Busoni made two transcriptions for both solo piano and cello and piano, which are catalogued as BV B 31 and 38, respectively.
I play on my brand new Behnam Shirazi guitar (2014) on this video.
I hope you will enjoy the music and the video.

Best regards
Christophe Dejour

Béla Bartók: Sonata for Guitar, transcription by Christophe Dejour
Alban Berg: Opus One, transcription by Christophe Dejour

Young guitarist with amazing technique plays her arrangement of Silent Night.

I’m very happy to share with you my arrangement of “Silent Night” played on my beautiful 12-string Baton Rouge guitar. I mixed up elements of fingerstyle and classical guitar… I hope you enjoy what you see and hear 🙂
I wish you all a wonderful Christmas time!

Let’s get in touch:
Instagram: @julia.lange.guitar

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Rhapsody In Blue – segment of George Gershwin’s masterpiece
Dedicated to Barbara Stone & Frank Dawson
Performed by Chris Forte
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Lutheran Church of the Ascension
Northfield, IL

Guy Van Duser (guitar) – The Stars And Stripes Forever

Ives: Variations on “America” (1891) – Virgil Fox

Sixteen year old Charles Edward Ives composed this set of variations on “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” for organ in 1891. In 1948, E. Power Biggs contacted Ives inquiring if he had composed any organ music that Biggs might perform on his weekly radio program. After Biggs helped Ives recover this long-forgotten piece, he performed it on his July 4th broadcast that year, and the work was finally published in 1949.


Jasper Johns
Three Flags

Feb 8, 1992 St. Ann’s, Brooklyn
with Kermit Driscoll, Joey Baron,
Guy Klucevsek, Don Byron


from the YoTube notes:

Béla Bartók: Sonata for guitar. Originally written for solo violin. Arrangement for guitar: Christophe Dejour.

1. Tempo di ciaccona
2. Fuga. Risoluto, non troppo vivo 9,55´
3. Melodia. Adagio 14,45´
4 Presto. 21,54´

The Sonata for Solo violin Sz.117,BB 124, by Béla Bartók is regarded as one of the most important solo works of the 20th century. It was premiered by Yehudi Menuhin, to whom it was dedicated, in New York on 26 November 1944.

In 2015, after many thoughts, – sketches and considerations, I finished the guitar arrangement. I can only hope that people will recognize my attempt of the arrangement were done with respect for the composer and the unique Music.

In the last movement (presto) the manuscript contains sections written in quarter tone steps. Béla Bartók explained these in his letter of April 21 1944:

“The quarter-tones in the 4th movement have only colour-giving character, i.e. they are not ”structural” features, and – therefore – may be eliminated, as I tried to do so in the alternatives on the last pages, which you may use if you don´t feel inclined to worry about quarter-tone playing. However the best would be, if I could hear played both versions, and then decide if it is worth while use the quarter-tones”

The quarter-tones in the manuscript are followed by the ”alternatives” also known as the Menuhin version.

In my guitar arrangement I had to choose the half-note version. (Menuhin version) not that I like this version more, (actually on the contrary, I would had loved to play the quarter-note version) but I simply could not find a solution how to play the fast quarter-notes. The way to produce quarter-notes on the guitar are by bending or pulling the strings and I was not able to bend/pull the strings in the required Presto tempo.

Christophe Dejour, guitar transcription of JS Bach Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue (BWV 903)
Alban Berg: Opus One, transcription by Christophe Dejour



J.S.Bach: Sonata n.1 BWV 1001 for violin solo

Recorded at Teatro Minaz (Ribeirão Preto – SP – Brasil) on 08/27/2010 for Movimento Violão.
Arrangement for 11 string guitar: Paulo Martelli
Guitar made by Samuel Carvalho (São Paulo – Brasil)

J.S.Bach: Cello Suite n.2 BWV 1008

Recorded live for Movimento Violão at SESC Vila Mariana on 10/27/2010, São Paulo – Brazil. BWV 1008 arranged for 11 string guitar by Paulo Martelli.


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