Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

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Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby gitgeezer » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:23 pm

John Williams will soon be 76, Bream 84, and then there's Segovia. Are these to be the only giants of the classical guitar? Surely someone has come along since Williams who deserves to be in that company. Can we add a fourth? A fifth? Any nominations?

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby astro64 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:47 pm

That is easy. Manuel Barrueco.

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby Altophile » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:23 pm

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Postby Altophile » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:24 pm

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Postby Altophile » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:25 pm

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby Altophile » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:26 pm

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby mmapag » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:40 pm

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby Gary Macleod » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:43 pm

gitgeezer wrote:John Williams will soon be 76, Bream 84, and then there's Segovia. Are these to be the only giants of the classical guitar? Surely someone has come along since Williams who deserves to be in that company. Can we add a fourth? A fifth? Any nominations?


Are you serious?? Really ??????

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby Nick Cutroneo » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:48 pm

Gary Macleod wrote:
gitgeezer wrote:John Williams will soon be 76, Bream 84, and then there's Segovia. Are these to be the only giants of the classical guitar? Surely someone has come along since Williams who deserves to be in that company. Can we add a fourth? A fifth? Any nominations?


Are you serious?? Really ??????


From a perspective of pop-culture identification, Gary is kind of right. There are plenty of amazing players out there, but none were so present in our pop-culture than Segovia, Bream and Williams. I'd say Vieaux is close (as he won a grammy for his solo album, Play a few years back), but the biggest issue is lack of attention classical music gets in today's culture.

However, there are plenty of amazing players that deserve to be in the company of the "holy guitar trinity".
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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby tubeman » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:26 pm

In addition to some already mentioned, Jorge Caballero, Marcin Dylla, Kazuhito Yamashita, Tilman Hoppstock, and Stefano Grondona come to mind.
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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby Alan Green » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:29 pm

Ana Vidovic plays on some of the CDs I use as reference recordings; let's add her to the list too

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby tormodg » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:30 pm

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby Andrew Pohlman » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:37 pm

Please don't forget Rey de la Torre - the father of modern classical guitar technique. He was one of those very down to earth guys who happened to be a CG virtuoso. I met him in 1974 at Contra Costa College, where I was attending. I now study under one of his protégés, Ben Barron. We both agree, that "del Torre" radically departed from the Marine sergeant, dominating teacher style, prevalent at that time, to a more partnership approach. It seems a no brainer now, but then, "no adversarial relationship" between student and teacher was a new thing - especially in classical.

He also introduced the concept of practice via playing the pieces. Yes, he would emphasize scales and technical exercises if needed. But mostly, you can learn what you need to via playing the music. Student pieces are supposed to focus on certain techniques - use them, and do the boring scales if you need to.

You guys may have a different perspective, but from knowing him via college, and learning from his star protégé, I think the above is accurate.

Oh, and his technique as well as musical soul and tonal variation and control - all were astonishing. One of the greats, in my humble opinion.

EDIT: oops! I just read Marshall's post and realized that too... Del Torre was Segovia's contemporary.
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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby Marshall Dixon » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:44 pm

What about Francisco Tarrega?

edit: Oh, I guess on re-reading we're looking for someone younger than Williams.

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Re: Only Three Giants of the Classical Guitar?

Postby Jeffrey Armbruster » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:00 pm

Paul Galbraith. Go listen to him playing Mozart on the like provided on a nearby thread.

Galabraith's guitar may be a one off. But if it takes off over the years, with more and more players using that style of instrument and playing, then he'll be looked back on as a revolutionary. He will have changed how the instrument is built, approached and played.I have no idea if that will happen.
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