Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

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Bertran
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Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Bertran » Mon Aug 31, 2015 8:26 am

Hi all,

So many times we admire great Spanish piece and looking for play them even if they are "risky" to play for us.
But when we met with relatively simple piece, we rethink ourself: could we imppress others with such piece. But such short, simple piece has it own beauty and charm.
One of the piece that maybe belong to this group I want to offer you with this recording.

You have my fully permission to criticize or write whatever you feel...

Bertran II
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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Tonyyyyy » Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:39 pm

Very nice, adn I think not such a simple piece- after the nice straightforward opening there are a variety of challenges, some musical. How much freedom within the very rhythmic dance form?


I just discovered some 4 previously unpublished works by Arcas in an academic article here on the author's website http://www.guillermocastrobuendia.es/ar ... arcas.html Click on the pdf and the pieces are at the end. I like the Jaleo particularly, and it mainly falls nicely under the fingers

This young lady might have have danced to your piece!
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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Bertran » Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:07 pm

Hi Tonyyyyy,

Thank you for your words and great link.
I find .pdf and .mp3 of some pieces, too.

Arcas was a great player and favorite of queen Elizabeth and teacher of 11-year old boy with name Tarrega. Unfortunately, he didn't left so many pieces but this is a one that I love.
Young lady have castanets in her hand and look very nice - I am agree with you :)

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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Terry Sanderson » Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:50 pm

Its only easy if you can :wink:

And it sounded as though you found it easy Bertran :bravo:
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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Jacek A. Rochacki » Tue Sep 01, 2015 2:02 pm

:merci: Bertran, for your beautiful music ! :bravo: I play this piece myself and I think that it is so nice and with this "Spanish" character. I wonder if you plan to play the other Bolero (E minor) by Arcas ?
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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Bertran » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:24 pm

Hi Terry,

Yes, there are some tricky moments, for example to hit ringing harmonic after passage each time.
However, thank you very much for your comment and acceptance. :)

Hi Jacek,
Thank you very much, too.
Because I'm fighting with Dxx editions, piece by piece, I have found this beautiful Bolero. I don't have and heard Bolero (e-minor) but maybe one day,... new melody surprise me :)

Best wishes, Bertran II

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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by kloeten » Wed Sep 02, 2015 9:32 pm

Congratulations with your recording Bertran - it is a wonderful piece indeed and great fun to play.
Cheers Rutger

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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by mkduzgoren » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:15 pm

Wonderful piece. Thanks for sharing. :bravo:

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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Bertran » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:26 pm

kloeten and mkduzgoren,

Thank you very much, both. I'm glad you like it. :merci:

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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Leonardo Silva » Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:02 pm

Beautiful. Makes me want to play it.

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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Bertran » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:08 pm

...and, in that case,... just do it! :)
Thanks, Bertran II

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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Philosopherguy » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:55 am

Very nice Bertran! I love this piece too. Every time I play it or hear it I just close my eyes and picture that this would be a perfect song to hear while you are sitting outside at a bar or cafe in Spain enjoying a beer or something. I find it to sound so authentically Spanish to my ears.

For myself, I tend to play it closer to the style of Carles Trepat (you can find it on the big tube site). His version was the first that I heard of this piece and ever since then I have played it a little slower and with some different emphasis. But, I like your version. Very good!

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Re: Arcas, Julian - Bolero - D07

Post by Bertran » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:38 pm

Thank you Philosopherguy for your time and thoughts.
Version of maestro Treptat is magnificent and even if I try to "copy" his tempo and interpretations it is hard to achieve those kind of expressions. But just because his extraordinary arrangement of "Francisco Alegre" I bought the whole book and don't regret.

Bolero is easier piece than Francisco Alegre but still kept that beautiful Spanish atmosphere (as you said, with coffee or beer the experience is complete). Also, it seems to me that all those bolero's moment at piece give us a chance to express our fillings at different ways or just try to do it :)

I'm very happy that your find my version acceptable to you.

Bertran II

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