Modern classical guitars have dimensions established in the nineteenth century but differ in the number of their strings. Segovia, Williams, and Bream’s instruments have six, the customary number in the twentieth century. Yepes’s has ten; in fact, he created and introduced the ten-string guitar in 1964. Prominent musicians praised it, but Andrés Segovia disapproved even before he had heard it played. Yepes asserted that his design improved the acoustical and musical qualities of the instrument. Listen and tell us what you think.
Watch these videos in advance of our Zoom discussion meeting.
Click on the links to hear performances by the guitarists.
Andrés Segovia playing “Asturias” or “Leyenda” (“Legend”) by Isaac Albéniz.
https://youtu.be/GPNvTcnNT8A (7 minutes)
Narciso Yepes playing Joaquín Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” (“Concerto of Aranjuez”).
https://youtu.be/RxwceLlaODM (11 minutes)
John Williams and Julian Bream playing “La Vida Breve” (“Brief Life”) by Manuel de Falla.
https://youtu.be/Gbknmti1U6I (3.5 minutes)
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