This week we feature three talented young German guitarists—Julia Lange (14), Ronja Schubert (13), and Jessica Bender (15)—playing as a trio Frankfurt in 2013. Not surprisingly, all three started studying guitar before the age of 10 and have worked with a number of teachers, including Stephen Werner, Thorston Müller, and others. Here, they play a 1980s piece by Brazilian composer/guitarist Paolo Bellinati called Baião de Gude, which was originally written for soprano saxophone and an ensemble consisting of guitar, piano, bass, and drums, but in 1989 was re-tooled by Bellinati as a three-guitar piece (and was first recorded that way on his Guitares du Brésil album, playing all three parts himself). In the mid-’90s he also wrote a four-guitar version, and that seems to be the most popular, as guitar quartets outnumber trios. In the video, the guitarists appear left to right as listed above: Lange, Schubert, Bender.  —Blair Jackson

 


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