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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Musical Interlude

(If you must have politics, please scroll down)

Valsay para Cello y Guitarra:


About guitarrist Paola Requena.

36 comments:

  1. A beautiful piece, very nice...

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    1. Beautiful piece, beautiful setting, beautiful girls. What more could anyone want?

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  2. Delightful. Always wondered why there weren't more pieces written for guitar and cello. I suppose it's because guitar was looked askance at by 'serious' composers.

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    1. Not true, VIb. There's an extensive literature written for classical guitar as well as the lute -- most of it from Spain, of course, but also from Renaissance Italy where plucked stringed instruments were part of the orchestra in the early opera of Peri, Caccini, who originated opera in a rudimentary form and Monteverdi who developed it into a full blown art form. Much of the solo lute and guitar literature was notated in entablature -- a system with some similarity to "figured bass." But yes this piece -- and especially these two sisters who perform it so sensitively -- is very beautiful -- soothing and soul satisfying as no fierce strumming on electronic travesties of the instrument could ever produce.

      If you want to learn more about classical guitar music, look up recording by Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Leona Boyd to start with.

      It's great stuff, and makes wonderful background music for romance and quiet civilized drinking by the fireside in comfortable, well-furnished surroundings. There's something about the sound of gently plucked strings that never fails to calm our fears and soothe away anxiety.

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    2. Also the ROMEROS -- a family of master guitarists.

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    3. I meant the combination of the two instruments which to my ear at least are as complimentary as piano and voice. as for listening, when I wrote that I had John Williams recording of the Bach lute suites on the stereo. ;-)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckLi4O7q5jI

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    4. FT, You might like some Romon Montoya

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    1. It's truly a wonderful find, AOW. The two sisters Paola, the guitarist and Marta, the cellist, deserve equal billing, however. In this piece -- a work I'd like to know a great deal more about -- the two instruments share equal importance. One does not merely accompany the other.

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    2. FT,
      So glad that you like this selection. It's such a gem!

      I couldn't find out as much information about one sister as I could about the other.

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    3. More from the cellist

      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWv0mrsNedzm-sy9DYtS-jw

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  4. I decided to post this piece as an antidote for this winter's day.

    Snowing here again.

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    1. The snow has stopped, but now we're dealing with freezing rain.

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  5. _ CUSTOM CRAFTED HAIKU _
    __ For Winter Weary Friends __

    Bare branches stick out
    From snow mountains twelve feet tall
    Longing for the spring.

    Snow suffocation
    Must be difficult to bear
    Bushes too must breathe.

    We Human beings
    Sit, drink tea, sip Scotch, hook rugs
    Or read by the fire.

    Work jigsaw puzzles,
    Darn socks, plan meals or daydream
    In cozy comfort.

    While patiently
    Waiting for deliverance
    From this winter’s worst
    .

    FreeThinke (2/28/15)

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    1. FT,
      Thank you. I love haiku!

      We are indeed winter weary here.

      I spent most of today (1) chatting with a classmate with whom I've had no contact for 50 years and (2) studying Shakespeare's Richard III -- and cooking.

      The branches and the overhead power & telephone lines are glazed now. Roads are okay, but we're staying inside. Cabin fever is upon the AOW household's humans and kitties.

      Daylight Savings Time arrives in a week. Hard to believe!

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    1. Baysider,
      Isn't it, though?

      I've played this video over and over again.

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  7. I'm a huge cello fan and have not heard it with guitar; this is gorgeous.
    Am going to alert 'Kid', who's a huge guitar fan.

    And, AOW? Yes, I MUST MUST MUST HAVE POLITICS, I JUST HAVE TO HAVE POLITICS!!!!!!!!! (smile)

    Actually, that gorgeous music kind of rids me of a desire for politics for at least six minutes!....

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  8. I'm a huge cello fan and have not heard it with guitar; this is gorgeous.
    Am going to alert 'Kid', who's a huge guitar fan.

    And, AOW? Yes, I MUST MUST MUST HAVE POLITICS, I JUST HAVE TO HAVE POLITICS!!!!!!!!! (smile)

    Actually, that gorgeous music kind of rids me of a desire for politics for at least six minutes!....

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  9. Z,
    Glad that you enjoyed this selection.

    Isn't it wonderful to forget about politics for at least a few minutes?

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    1. big time wonderful! that really is a fabulous video...great talent there. thanks

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    2. big time wonderful! that really is a fabulous video...great talent there. thanks

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  10. Very nice. I sure like the sound of the two instruments together.

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    1. Isn't it nice? You're such a guitar fan I had a feeling hearing these 2 together would sound good to you, too.

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    2. Isn't it nice? You're such a guitar fan I had a feeling hearing these 2 together would sound good to you, too.

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    3. Glad that you enjoyed this, Kid. Perhaps these sisters have made other videos, too.

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  11. Please take up a collection for Z, so she can hire a tech expert to help stop her from autoposting each comment she makes twice. I know she's not doing it deliberately, but it's been going on for weeks, and has gotten to be more than a little much.

    Give us an address, and I'll be glad to send a generous donation to aid the cause.

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  12. Anonymous (as if)....this is nothing I can stop and, if you had a good tech expert, maybe you'd have known that. It happens, then it does not. Folks do it at my blog, too, and I've never been quite this nasty about it. Go figure.
    But, I will be happy to accept generous donations ...thanks.

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    1. Z,
      I wonder why these double posts are happening? Maybe Warren knows the reason. I have no clue!

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    2. Z,
      And don't worry about the superfluous posts. Sometimes I get around to deleting duplicates, sometimes not.

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  13. Thanks, AOW...Yes, the Wonderful Warren might know (and keeping them in prayer, by the way)...
    I thought some of my comments were not duplicating...are you having to delete some of mine? Or is this a 'hit and miss' thing?
    I do get people commenting twice at GeeeZ, too.......so I know it's not my computer. Odd, isn't it!! Thanks for your patience.....like I said last week "I feel like I have an ECHO!" :-)

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  14. Z,
    I can't discern a pattern. Sometimes the comments duplicate, sometimes not.

    It happens to other commenters, too -- here at this blog and at other blogs.

    Very strange!

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  15. Kid just told me mine do that at his blog, too, but I guess he's deleted them before I saw it. I don't get it. And yes, it happens to others, too.
    I'm looking into it! Thanks for your patience...

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