Dear Rognvald, I don't think any of us denies Tarrega's fantastic contribution at all, so I can only agree with your statement about anyone who would do such a horrible thing.Rognvald wrote: ↑Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:41 pmTo deny the gifts of Tarrega to the CG one would have to be blind, deaf and dumb. My comments in no way seek to disparage this wonderful composer and arranger but rather to give discussion to my recent experience with his "Carnival of Venice." Playing again . . . Rognvald
However tastes do change and develop through the centuries with all the new wonderful music being created, and I can understand that guitarists who play a lot and know the repertoire closely may start develop preferences for something in addition to Tarrega's indeed very popular (can I say some times populist?) output.
The melody for Carnival in Venice is used for a popular tune with the words "My hat, it has three corners" or in German "Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken" (check Wikipedia on https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mein_Hut, ... drei_Ecken). That is one silly song which is perhaps why I don't like it very much.
The Gran Jota is more showoff than music to me, with all that strumming in the middle, sorry for going off your topic of Carnival in Venice. I also think that some of the standard European piano music arrangements do not compare extremely well with the originals, but I suppose that's also another topic.