On 12/01/15 guitarist Giulio Tampalini premiered Gregg’s arrangement (for guitar and chamber orchestra) of the lighthearted folksong Aire de Joropo in Brescia, Italy.
Clear Note has very recently published two of Gregg’s Music Plus One arrangements for guitar and chamber orchestra that come with play-along CDs. The first is the folk song Aire de Joropo and the second is Maxixe by Agustín Barrios. Both arrangements also are available in performance editions with score and parts here.
Joropo is a musical style resembling the fandango, and an accompanying dance. It has African, Native South American and European influences and originated in parts of what is now Venezuela. It is a fundamental genre of música criolla (creole music) and is a very popular folk rhythm making use of polyrhythmic patterns, especially of hemiola, and alternation of 3/4 and 6/8 tempos.
Aire de joropo has been a popular folk song played by classical guitarists for a number of years. This guitar and orchestra fantasy was arranged by Gregg Nestor as an encore piece for a London concert in 1980.
This edition of Maxixe for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra includes a Music Plus One play-along recording. MPO recordings are engineered for educational use, personal enjoyment, live concerts, and casual performance.
“The genesis of this arrangement of Maxixe occurred in 1980 during my stay in England. I was playing the Manuel Ponce Guitar Concerto with a municipal orchestra and was asked to prepare two encore items. As the concerto I was playing was by Ponce I chose two short works in keeping with the Mexican and South American style, Maxixe by Agustín Barrios and the folk song Aire de joropo.”
Gregg Nestor – San Diego 2015
A new delight for vocalists and guitarists! Gregg has skillfully arranged seven volumes of beautiful German lieder for voice and guitar by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. This collection is called Masterworks of German Lied. All seven volumes with 163 lieder are now available from Clear Note. You can order the entire set of excellent volumes here. The volumes for each composer may also be ordered separately: Schubert – Vols. 1-3; Schumann – Vols. 4-5; Brahms – Vols. 6-7.
We speculate that if today’s concert level guitars had been available to Romantic era composers, with their richer palette of subtle sounds, greater volume, and vastly improved intonation, the guitar might well have played a more prominent role with these composers. Classical guitar embodies many of the Romantic ideals: its intimacy, color, and evocative possibilities are a perfect fit for the German lieder found in this expansive collection.
The seven volumes contained in this edition focus exclusively on songs by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. One hundred sixty-three lieder from these masters are presented in chronological order, offering a sequential viewpoint into the creative arc of each composer’s lifelong exploration of the genre. Throughout the collection meticulous attention has been paid to representing the original articulations and phrasing to assist in musical interpretation.
Among these three composers only Schubert actually played the guitar. He also composed for the instrument, and several of his songs were originally published with alternate guitar accompaniment. Neither Schumann or Brahms are known to have played guitar, but Viennese musical society of that time, at the highest levels and within the middle class, loved guitar and many played it. The iconic nineteenth century composer and guitarist Mauro Giuliani, an acquaintance of Schubert, is said to have sung some of Schubert’s vocal works, and played music “past midnight” on occasion with Schubert and other musicians.
With the publication of this treasury of German lieder, expertly arranged for voice and guitar by Gregg Nestor, today’s vocalists and guitarists have the opportunity to study and perform the largest collection of these exquisite Romantic masterpieces to date.
The Kennedy Center is presenting a concert of Jewish music on November 23, 2015 by Pro Musica Hebraica. Pro Musica Hebraica is an organization devoted to presenting Jewish classical music—much of it believed lost, forgotten, or rarely performed—in a concert hall setting.
One of the featured performances will be Gregg’s arrangement of Cuatro Canciones Sefardíes (1965) for voice and guitar by Joaquín Rodrigo. The songs will be performed by mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway and guitarist Adam Levin (photos below).
For a PDF brochure with more information about the Pro Musica Hebraica concert click here.
Gregg and Clear Note came up with a different angle for their guitar publications. They recently put out several new arrangements for guitar with orchestra and guitar with harpsichord that feature scores as well as Music Plus One (MPO) CDs. These special editions give the guitarist an excellent opportunity to practice or perform the music along with the accompanying recordings.
Here are the latest items:
Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring [Orch, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74637)
MacDowell: To A Wild Rose [Orch, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74638)
Massenet: Méditation from Opera Thaïs [Orch, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74634)
Tárrega: Recuerdos de la Alhambra [Orch, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74635)
Ponce: Preludio [Harpsichord, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74636)
Clear Note has published another set of Gregg’s arrangements. This set includes the following by Bartók, Ravel and Granados:
Bartók: 5 from MikroKosmos [Oboe, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74630)
Ravel: Deux Mélodies Hébraïques [Voice, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74632)
Ravel: Deux Mélodies Hébraïques [Vln, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74631)
Granados: Elegía Eterna [Voice, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74627)
Granados: Elegía Eterna [Vln, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74628)
Granados: Elegía Eterna [Cello, Gtr] New
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74629)
Gregg is working hard on his guitar chamber music arrangements. Clear Note is doing a great job of publishing them. Just recently, Clear Note put out five new guitar chamber music arrangements by Gregg. These arrangements include works by Mahler, Chabrier, Mozart, Vivaldi and a set of pieces by three different Italian composers. The works have been arranged for different instrumental combinations, including voice, guitar and chamber ensemble, violin and guitar, cello and guitar and two guitars. The level of difficulty ranges from intermediate to advanced. Gregg has included some interesting background material about the composer(s) and the pieces in each of the publications.
Previews of New Guitar Chamber Music
Here are links for you to preview the new works and give you an opportunity to purchase:
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn [Voice, Gtr, Ensemble]
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74624)
Three Italian Gems [Vln, Gtr]
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74626)
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik [Vln, Gtr]
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74623)
Vivaldi: Six Sonatas [Cello, Gtr]
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74625)
Chabrier: España [Two Gtrs]
arr. Gregg Nestor (Clear Note Publications #74622)
Just this past June, several of Gregg’s guitar ensemble arrangements were featured in premiere performances at the highly respected 2014 Boston Guitarfest. Click on the links below to enjoy these excellent videos of the live performances:
Clear Note has just published another of Gregg’s fine arrangements. This one is by Domenico Cimarosa. Click on the following link to preview the work and have an opportunity to purchase it: Cimarosa Sonata for Flute or Oboe and Guitar.
Clear Note Publications has done a great job of publishing a number of Gregg’s arrangements in a very attractive format. The latest one is the Brahms Five Hungarian Dances for Violin and Guitar.