A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

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A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

Postby MartenFalk » Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:46 pm

The grandiose first Etude by Andrei Sychra was the work that drew me to the Russian guitar. I never tire of it. It is without doubt the largest guitar etude of the 19th century and maybe of the 20th century as well. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1UMfeQQvak

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Re: A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

Postby Lovemyguitar » Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:18 pm

That is a wonderful piece of music -- quite the substantial "etude", indeed! Lovely to listen to, thank you!

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Re: A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

Postby spanishguitarmusic » Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:08 pm

A very lovely guitar etude to listen to and a wonderful piece! Nice 8 string guitar too! Thank you for sharing the link.

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Re: A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

Postby MartenFalk » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:26 am

I am happy that you like it! This was written for the Russian 7-string guitar, tuned DHGDHGD and that is how I tune the first seven strings on my 8-stringer. This is the first movement of Sychra's monumental set of four huge Etudes with a total durata of 30 minutes.

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Re: A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

Postby Denian Arcoleo » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:42 am

This is really great; superbly played and very interesting music. Thank you!

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Re: A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

Postby RobMacKillop » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:57 am

Wonderful, Marten. I've known Sychra's music for twenty years or more, and have been impressed with it. I was at a historical guitar conference in Germany once, where I was presenting my paper on the so-called English Guitar or "guittar" in Scotland, and in the room next to me was Oleg Timofeyev, who let me play his Russian 7-string. I found it easy to play, as the tuning was the same as the guittar, and James Oswald (whose "Twelve Divertimentis For The Guittar" I had recorded) also wrote for a guittar in G, tuned bass to treble GBDgbd. When you say the tuning is DHGDHGD, I assume that is treble to bass, and H = B?

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Re: A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

Postby Jim Davidson » Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:01 pm

Well played, Marten!

I've played more recent Russian composers like Koshkin and Rudnev, but haven't gone back to Sychra, yet. I guess I'm missing out!
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Re: A truly grandiose Etude from 1817

Postby MartenFalk » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:10 pm

Thanks!
Rob: Oleg is of course a friend and we have had a lot of contact and he wrote the liner notes for my latest cd. I visited him in 2006 and took a lot of photo copies of his scores. You should get a Russian guitar, the repertoire is immense, Sychra alone published around one thousand pieces. And then there are Alexandrov, Sarenko, Vetrov, Morkov, Vyssotsky, von Held, Aksionov, Ladyshensky and many more. Thousands of romantic pieces that no one has heard for 150 years. And Jim: yes! My guess is that you can find much of interest among the Russian repertoire from 1800-1850. Start digging!


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