Gregg at work
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)
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.
All of the following arrangements played in the concert are Gregg’s except for Morente, Flamenco Tangos and Sevillanas and Funk.
Tuesday, June 24
Jordan Hall Young Guitarists Workshop Faculty Performance
Free and open to the public
Huckleberry Finn Overture by Franz Waxman; Adam Levin, Devin Ulibarri, Will Riley
Three Leroy Anderson Selections by Leroy Anderson; Will Riley, Devin Ulibarri
Peyton Place Suite by Franz Waxman
Two Portraits by Aaron Copland; YGW Guitar Quartet (Will Riley, Adam Levin, Devin Ulibarri, Colin Thurmond)
Morente (Granadina) by Vicente Amigo; Pablo Giménez, Flamenco Guitar
Flamenco Tangos, Sevillanas; Eve Costarelli, Pablo Giménez, Dance Troop
Funk by Jorge Muñiz
Three American Pieces by Lukas Foss
Selections from Porgy and Bess Suite by George Gershwin; Adam Levin, Guitar; William Knuth, Violin
Clear Note Publications recently released Gregg’s arrangements of three Bach Trio Sonatas (BWV 525, 529, 530) for two guitars. Click here for a preview of these fine works.
There is already a positive review of the Bach Trio Sonatas that appeared online on April 16, 2014:
This arrangement is one for the ages. Gregg Nestor has created a masterful edition of some of Bach’s most sublime music. Everything about this is first rate – the distribution of the parts, the fingerings, and all notational elements combine to make this a “must have” book for every guitarist’s library. Congratulations to Gregg Nestor and to Clear Note for its publication.
Jeffrey Goodman, composer and guitarist
We got two very nice reviews recently. Here is one from Duo Sonidos about our arrangements of Three American Pieces by Lucas Foss for violin and guitar and Danze Sauvage by Szymanowski:
…the Szymanowski came out incredible. We are extremely happy with it, and the Foss as well. … Thank you for your work and for sharing them with us! The new additions are making some interesting programs for us!
William Knuth, violin /Adam Levin, guitar Duo Sonidos
Here is another one from Duo Kontaxakis-Ivanovich about our arrangements of three film music pieces: El Cid (Rózsa), Lydia (Rózsa/Tedesco) and Psycho (Herrmann):
In the name of our Duo, I would like to thank you for sending us your fantastic arrangements and for your kindness of allowing us to play it in concerts. In last 10 days, we gave two recitals, in Tuzla (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and in Belgrade (Serbia) where we performed El Cid, Lydia and Psycho music, and public’s reaction was thrilling!! Everyone loved the music and enjoyed it very much, especially us. It was a pleasure to play it, to work on it and to perform it. You made a fantastic work in orchestrating it and putting it on two guitars. Bravo! I send you the booklet from our concert in Tuzla in pdf. Once again, thank you for everything! Keep in touch.
At the Boston Guitarfest in 2013, there was a fine premiere performance of Gregg’s two-guitar arrangement of Korngold’s Intermezzo & Hornpipe from Much Ado About Nothing. Guitarists Zaira Meneses and Adam Levin joined forces to perform this piece.
Here is a video of the duo playing the arrangement:
Intermezzo & Hornpipe from Much Ado About Nothing
German guitarist Oliver Eidam recently completed a live YouTube video featuring the Rózsa Guitar Sonata, written for me by Hungarian master composer Miklós Rózsa in 1986. (Rózsa wrote the music for such films as “Ben Hur”, “Spellbound” and concert works such as the Violin Concerto commissioned and recorded by Jascha Heifetz.) I am happy to provide the links below to his masterly performance. The Rózsa Guitar Sonata should be in every guitarist’s repertoire.
Welcome, classical guitar lovers, to my website. Feel free to stop, look around, listen and enjoy this large and varied collection of arrangements and recordings. There is a rich and unique range – from solo, duo and chamber ensemble to guitar and orchestra. The recordings feature myself with some of the world’s leading classical guitar professionals and ensembles.
Most of my recordings are available through the links to Amazon, iTunes and other sites on the Classical Guitar Recordings page. In addition, many arrangements listed on the Classical Guitar Music page are available using the links to Clear Note Publications and other outlets. There are also items in our online Store not available anywhere else.
Feel free to contact me directly using the information on the contacts page. The site will continue to expand and develop. I look forward to your thoughts and ideas. Please subscribe to Gregg’s Guitar News (at the left) if you would like to get monthly updates about my upcoming concerts, latest publications, recordings and other happenings. In any case, happy hunting on my site!