The Art of the Classical Guitar
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Osher (50+). In this course, we explore some of the most celebrated classical guitar pieces with a focus on analysis and live performance.
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The guitar is one of the oldest western musical instruments and has gone through several changes since its inception in the fifteenth century. What started out as a simple piece of string tied to a bow has now been transformed into a highly refined six-string instrument capable of producing some of the most beautiful tones imaginable. The appeal and tenacity of the guitar is what has allowed it to endure for so long, and audiences today can’t seem to get enough. In this course, we chronicle the guitar’s history and explore some of the most celebrated classical guitar pieces from the standard literature. We examine music of the Renaissance to the twentieth century through a player’s perspective with a focus on analysis and live performance. Such composers featured are Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Francisco Tárrega, and Steve Reich, among others.