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In the 17th Century, Francesco Corbetta’s Music Enthralled Monarchs and Commoners Alike


by Giacomo Fiore Throughout its history, the guitar has periodically surged in popularity, as seen in the proliferation of electric garage-rock in the 1960s, the Hawaiian guitar craze of the 1930s, or the infamous rivalry between followers of Ferdinando Carulli and Francesco Molino in early 19th century Paris. One of the earliest and most enduring [...]


A Trio of Editions Spotlight French Composer Jean-Marie Raymond’s Vast Oeuvres


Chris Dumigan reviews Jean-Marie Raymond's "Anthologie", "Ballad for a Friend", and Evocation Nostalgique. Over the years, many pieces by this fine composer have come my way, always distinguished by a fine melodic line, appealing harmony work, and very guitaristic in every way. Now here comes a huge compendium of no fewer than 50 contemporary pieces [...]

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Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival Starts Soon!

Duo Melis

 by Blair Jackson One of the largest and most prestigious annual American guitar events—the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival—is set to take place at the Cleveland Institute of Music from May 28-31. This marks the festival’s 15th year, and once again it truly lives up to its “International” tag, offering master classes and concerts by an impressive [...]

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Guitar Travels in Ukraine and Bulgaria: A Tale of Two Competitions

Guitarists Stella Dinkova (Bulgaria) and Darko Bageski (Macedonia)

by Paul Fowles At the time of writing, much of the recent news from Ukraine has varied between grim and positively alarming. So it's a pleasure and a relief to report that, on arriving in Kiev for the 6th "GitAs" Classical Guitar Concourse (March 26-28, 2015), the atmosphere was one of “business as usual,” with [...]


Kenny Hill: Guitars for the Playing Elite & for the Masses


by Adam Purlmutter In the early 1980s, a decade into his career as a luthier, Kenneth “Kenny” Hill found himself burnt out on guitar making. Stepping away from the workbench, he followed his father’s path and opened an automotive garage. But then, on a fall day in 1989, Hill was driving in the mountains of [...]


Summer 2015


Issue #378 2015 Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux talks about his recent CD with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and about today’s guitar students. The great Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo is the subject of a Spotlight section that looks at his famous Concierto de Aranjuez, and includes a fond remembrance of the maestro by guitar giant Angel [...]

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