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Peter Croton's Performing Baroque Music on the Classical guitar: a practical handbook based on historical sources is now available

Posted By Erin Young, Monday, September 28, 2015

As we go further into the 21st century, more and more classical guitarists wish to play baroque and galant music in a manner reflecting stylistic understanding of those eras. We will never know precisely how the music was played then, but can come closer to understanding the priorities of the time. The common denominator of music in our chosen period is rhetorical expression. Historical Performance Practice, by bringing us closer to the essence of the music, gives us not only more understanding but - above all - more possibilities for moving our listeners. While striving to play in a stylistic manner, we must never forget the goal of performance: to communicate passions and elevate the lives of our listeners. It is with this in mind that the present book has been written.


Paul Galbraith writes: “… we're treated here to a guided tour through a wealth of selected historical quotations and information, under the experienced supervision of Peter Croton, who offers his considered opinion at every step. A highly stimulating, provocative and educational read!”

Pablo Márquez writes: “I think the new book by Peter Croton is a wonderful tool for guitarists to become freer in negotiating Early Music's vast territory.”

Author Peter Croton is an active performer and recording artist on various lutes and romantic guitar. He teaches lute and continuo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, as well as lute, historical performance practice and guitar continuo at the Conservatories of Basel and Bern. He won first prize at the Erwin Bodky Competition for Early Music in Cambridge MA (1984) and has also won prizes at other international competitions. He has recorded numerous CDs and appeared on television and radio as soloist and chamber musician. His instruction manual Figured Bass on the Classical Guitar: a practical approach based on historical principles was published by Amadeus Verlag (2005). Six of his compositions for lute and voice were published by the German Lute Society (1999), and four new settings of texts by William Shakespeare for lute and voice by Tree Edition (2009).

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Book Release: The Techniques of Guitar Playing

Posted By Connie Sheu, Monday, August 25, 2014
This book, co-written by guitarist Seth F. Josel and composer Ming Tsao, provides a comprehensive survey of contemporary performance techniques on the classical guitar. It was inspired by a new generation of solo guitarists whose extraordinary technical and virtuosic skills have paved the way for a new understanding of instrumental performance practice. Detailed explanations are given for the instrument’s technical potential within the historical context of traditional guitar technique.

Composers will especially benefit from the research and elaborate analyses of contemporary guitar literature including many examples of the guitar in chamber and ensemble musical settings. Also shown are diverse ways in which contemporary music for the guitar has been notated.

The book contains four main chapters that explore the topics of various right and left hand techniques, harmonics, percussive techniques and the guitar’s relatives. Of particular interest will be extensive charts of multiphonics, bitones and percussive sounds. An accompanying CD will document a variety of the techniques illustrated in the book.

The book is published by Bärenreiter Press, and a more detailed overview can be found here:

Seth F. Josel (b. New York, NY) is among the leading figures in his generation in modern guitar performance and has taken part in the premiere of more than one hundred works as a soloist and ensemble member. A regular guest at Europe’s major contemporary music festivals, he has with such composers as Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail and James Tenney, and he has played with such leading orchestras and ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Staatskapelle Berlin. From 1991 till 2000 he was a permanent member of the Ensemble musikFabrik. In addition to a diverse array of solo CDs, he appears on numerous CD recordings with European ensembles and orchestras.

Ming Tsao (b. Berkeley, CA) is Professor of Composition at Göteborg University and holds a PhD in Music Composition from the University of California, San Diego, an MA in Mathematics from the San Francisco State University, an MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University and a BM in Music Composition from the Berklee College of Music. Further studies have included logic and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His compositions have been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, ensemble recherche and the Stuttgart Opera. Music by Ming Tsao can be found on upcoming CD releases by Kairos as well as Mode Records. Books by Ming Tsao include Abstract Musical Intervals: Group Theory for Composition and Analysis. His music is published by Edition Peters.

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Classical Guitarists: Conversations Available as E-Book

Posted By Connie Sheu, Thursday, March 14, 2013
Jim Tosone's book, "Classical Guitarists: Conversations", published by McFarland & Co, is now available through Amazon as a Kindle eBook, and through Google Books as a Google eBook. The price is $14.74. The print edition continues to be available from a variety of on-line sources, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Guitar Salon.

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