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Paco de Lucia passed away

Sadly, the great Francisco Sánchez Gómez (Paco de Lucia) passed away at the age of 66 today. He was born in Algeciras in south east Spain and has been known as one of history’s greatest guitarists. After his travel to America at a very young age, he met Jazz musicians such as Larry Coryell, John […]

10 String Classical Guitar & Narciso Yepes

Even though 10 string guitars are not very popular among classical guitarists, playing a 10 string guitar can bring some advantages to the classical guitar world, a wider range is the most remarkable one. Moreover, on a standard guitar, guitarists face some so called “unusual fingering” sooner or later. But on a 10 string guitar, […]

The Transformative Power of Classical Music

I would like to share with you this wonderful TED presentation by Benjamin Zander, about “the transformative power of classical music”. Since 1979, Benjamin Zander has been the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic. He is known around the world as both a guest conductor and a speaker on leadership — and he’s been known to […]

Music Suggestion No. 3

The third music suggestion is a 15th century (Renaissance) work, called “L’homme armé Mass” (The armed man Mass) written in 1460s by Guillaume Du Fay. “The Story of Music (part 4)” post talks about this era and the composer more. “L’homme armé” was used so widely by the composers of the Renaissance era, and that’s […]

Music Suggestion No. 2

The second music suggestion is a late 13th century dance song in genre of troubadour dance (as talked about in “The story of music part 2” and “The story of music part 3“), called Kalenda maya (The first of May) by Raimbaut de Vaqueiras. It has a strophic poem text and the familiar ABC musical […]

The Art of Performance & beyond

It’s a long road toward an ideal performance. What makes a performance academically ideal could be defined and listed (in fact it is defined and listed). One may argue that it can be reached through analysis, practice, interpretation, etc., and of course it takes time. Therefore, it is not a mystery! But what makes a […]

Music Suggestion No.1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27ol_QffDhE As you may know, I’ve started to write a series of music history posts on the blog called “The story of music”. Here there will be a series of music suggestions to listen to. Though these will be independent posts, these posts will be written by the same order (as the story of music) […]