Video Pick of the Week: Stephanie Jones Plays Pernambuco’s ‘Sons de Carrilhões’

This week’s Video Pick is a performance by one of our favorite young guitarists, Stephanie Jones, who hails from Australia, but has really made a name for herself in Germany, where she studied at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar.  We have also featured her in video clips with the exciting Weimar Guitar Quartet. Here, she plays one of the best-known pieces by the great Brazilian musician and composer João Pernambuco (João Teixeira Guimarães; 1883–1947)) who, in the first half of the 20th century, helped popularize various folk/dance music styles in works, including chôros, jongos, valses, and others. Pernambuco made the first recording of Sons de Carrilhões (literally “chime sounds”) in 1926, and it has been a part of the classical guitar repertoire for many years now as Brazilian repertoire has become more and more accepted in that world. Why, it’s practically a “standard” at this point! —Blair Jackson


João Pernambuco