Tárrega, Francisco - Capricho Arabe - D08 Video

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Tárrega, Francisco - Capricho Arabe - D08 Video

Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:09 pm

Here is my video of Tarrega's Capricho Arabe. It was performed on a borrowed Torres copy made by Simon Ambridge. After many years of knowing the piece and not thinking that highly of it, I got to teach it to various people and in so doing came to feel that the problem was the way it gets rhythmically changed, compared to the written notation, by many players. So the intention was to get close to how its written down, while hopefully still being flexible and interesting. If you go to see it on the original page please note the comments on how the video was subject to scam dislikes.


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Post by lagartija » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:39 pm

Thank you for sharing that with us, Stephen!

Although it is a piece you did not appreciate for a while, it is one I really like. For me, it evokes the Moorish architecture in Spain and all sorts of images of Andalusia. Perhaps I am a romantic at heart. :wink:

I am curious about one thing...were you using rest stroke on the melody line? That is something I do (upon instruction from my teacher--and because I like the effect) and I was wondering if you did not, do you have a particular reason why you would not?
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Post by George Crocket » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:49 pm

:bravo:

I enjoyed your video a lot. It is a lovely piece and your performance was really good. I liked the tone a lot - whether guitar or guitarist. It was an excellent interpretation. Very effective.
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Post by Stephen Kenyon » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:56 pm

Hello, and thanks for the feedback. I totally concur that it evokes the Moorish heritage of Spain - well its intended to at least! - and I feel that its easy to lose that impression when its played like a forced march with occasional mad panic rushing about. But enough of that...
I'm fairly sure I would have used plenty of rest stroke in the melody line, including when it goes into the middle voice, and the bass line too at times. If there are places where it seems to be free stroke that would probably either because my hand didn't feel it had the time, or that it would simply be too heavy a sound for that moment. Its not something I'd carefully plan out, and as it was a couple of years ago now certainly can't remember the details.
I'd add that consciously I try to use rest stroke not just as a volume resource but also as a tone resource including at low volumes.

Thanks again!

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Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:03 am

George Crocket wrote::bravo:

I enjoyed your video a lot. It is a lovely piece and your performance was really good. I liked the tone a lot - whether guitar or guitarist. It was an excellent interpretation. Very effective.
Thanks George. That's an eternal question, whether its the player or the played, I guess. Well of course, its both, one is silent without the other, but I do think that to some degree the performer is guided and sometimes trained by the instrument; in this case, the lightness of the stringing encouraged more vibrato, and required more care in the intonation of chords, than I was used to. Also, the sheer depth of the bass response encourages indulgence in the lowest notes in the piece, which Tarrega almost seems to push us into going soppy over; the richness of eg that low E flat! Ooh its a saucy thing!
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Post by petermc61 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:10 am

Stephen

That has been my 'definitive' YouTube performance of that work for quite a while. Musical as you can get and so relaxed and composed. Well done.

Thanks for posting here as well.

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Post by Stephen Kenyon » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:17 am

petermc61 wrote: That has been my 'definitive' YouTube performance of that work for quite a while. Musical as you can get and so relaxed and composed. Well done.
Blimey, that's so kind of you sir!
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Post by petermc61 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:30 am

Compliment well earned. Also glad to see you back active here - noticed your absence over recent times.

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Post by lagartija » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:25 am

Stephen Kenyon wrote:Also, the sheer depth of the bass response encourages indulgence in the lowest notes in the piece, which Tarrega almost seems to push us into going soppy over; the richness of eg that low E flat! Ooh its a saucy thing!
:lol: I know what you mean! It is hard not to get carried away by the sonorous lows in the piece and then forget that you have to keep going! :D That is what I call "falling into the music". You forget momentarily that you are supposed to be controlling the sound.....and get caught up in savoring it.
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Post by Paul Janssen » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:52 am

Hi Stephen,

I remember listening to this video about a year ago. I was actually looking for a video on Carcassi's Study Op 60 no 7 and came across your brilliant lesson on the Carcassi study. This then led me to check out your other videos and in the process I discovered your performance of Capricho Arabe. Two things struck me then (and still strike me now): WOW & WOW. Wow to your playing and Wow to the sound of the guitar (and yes I agree it's impossible to separate the sound of the player from the sound of the guitar). It's an honour to be able to thank you in person for your performance of this Tarrega masterpiece.

Kind regards,
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Post by Miguel L. Marcos » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:33 pm

:bravo:

Great performance :bravo:

:bye:

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Post by Stephen Kenyon » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:19 pm

Very many thanks to everyone for their kind words! :merci:
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Post by optichero » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:35 pm

:bravo:

Lots to learn from your video. :merci:
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Post by Paul Janssen » Sat Feb 15, 2014 3:26 am

optichero wrote::bravo:

Lots to learn from your video. :merci:
Hi Kevin,
I've watched your performance of this piece (viewtopic.php?f=83&t=84477&p=911403#p911403). It's excellent (and your French is impressive too!!!). I would say there's not that much you need to learn when it comes to playing this piece.

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Post by Stephen Kenyon » Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:19 pm

petermc61 wrote:Also glad to see you back active here - noticed your absence over recent times.
Ooh, well that was the four weeks in India over the holiday, catching some rays, :chaud: some guitar :chitarrista: , and missing out on some bumpy weather :titanic: .
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