Gilbert Pépin wrote:
delayedMusician wrote:...This Andante comes from a Jerry Willard book, '50 easy solos', ...
Thank you for this information. I did not knew the arrangements made by Jerry Willard, which seem to me very interesting. I like to work the pieces of Carulli and Carcassi, but it is true that a part of them may seem very "academic" and conventional. When listening to this andante I feel that Jerry Willard's arrangement give it a different "atmosphere". I did some research and saw that Jerry Willard also published baroque pieces and renaissance pieces; I think I'll look closer these publications and perhaps take advantage of the holidays to buy one of these books and work its content.
Well I think it makes little sense to think of the pieces as 'conventional'......it was the guitar music that was being played in the 1800's. I think it's a bit too convenient to say it's 'conventional' 200 years after it was written
Actually these pieces, at the time, were considered at the very forefront of guitar music. And I think it still is, in it's own right.
Even more incorrect is thinking of them as 'academic'.....I think exactly the contrary, I think that the music of composers like Giuliani and Carulli, is very heartfelt and sincere......in fact, this is not really 'classical music', but more like popular music of the time, but still made very well, with the same care and skill as in classical music, if you will.
If you want 'academic', you gotta play some good ol' Bach or Weiss
As for Jerry Willard, yeah I have no doubts about him as an excellent player. Before buying his book, I have read all his bio and heard some recordings.
I also briefly corresponded with him, he offers Skype lessons if anyone is interested. However, I am doing well on my own, plus I don't have money for private lessons. I have to do it myself, which is what I have always done anyways.