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Jovic Stevan play’s Mauro Giuliani’s Grand Overture
Very exciting performance. I love this guitarist’s habit of counting rests by inhaling through the nose. This would be so much easier on the kind of guitar that Giuliani would’ve played. He was often a bloody boring composer but not here. A master of the abrupt key change.
John Williams plays Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in A minor, K175
I don’t know who this arrangement is by - maybe Williams himself? Segovia transcribed many Scarlatti sonatas but can you imagine Segovia playing this? In his ‘film profile’ John Williams explained why Scarlatti works so well on the guitar:
"Scarlatti lived for the last 30 years of his life in Spain, and he used the harmonies of Andalusian music to build up his chords. He would have been basing his harmonies on the tuning of the guitar which is in fourths. So if he wanted to fatten out a chord, he wouldn’t restrict himself to the thirds of conventional harmony, but would use the open strings of the guitar."
Mean things people said about Mozart
"The composer, whom I do not know and do not want to know, is a clavier player with a depraved ear; he follows that false system which divides the octave into semitones." - Giuseppe Sarti, Italian composer known mainly for his operas
"The perpetually recurring and garrulous half-closes make the impression as if I were hearing the clatter of a prince’s plates and dishes set to music." - Richard Wagner
"Mozart was a bad composer who died too late rather than too soon." - Glenn Gould, probably just trying to be interesting
"Most of Mozart’s music is dull" - Maria Callas, opera singer