“Miniatures” – Espanoleta

The Baroque guitar. photo courtesy of luth.org

I started teaching the classical guitar while I was still a student in 1998. I then became a performer shortly after getting my degree in music and after more than 12 years, performing and teaching classical guitar music have remained my passion. Over the years as a teacher and a performer, I have encountered many beautiful works, large and small. Most of the shorter pieces I have known were either presented to me by my students during lessons or I had read through a couple of times when trying to sharpen my sight-reading skills.

In this section of my blog aptly called “Miniatures”, I’d like to present to my audience home recordings of these “little gems” of the classical guitar repertoire. These short but beautiful works for the guitar are like fond memories to me – memories I’d like to preserve by recording them. Hopefully, my listeners will share the joy I had while learning and performing them.

There is a wealth of repertoire for these “miniatures” available to the guitar, and for my first post I’d like to present the “Espanoleta” by Gaspar Sanz. This short and hauntingly beautiful melody is often treated in variation form and has inspired many Baroque guitarists to compose their own versions. This recording is a simple arrangement by Jerry Willard from his book “The Library of Guitar Classics”.

click here to listen to Gaspar Sanz – Espanoleta


Recording Gear

Rode NT5 condenser microphones

M-Audio Profire 610

2012 Core i7 3770K “Hackintosh”

Logic Pro 8

2011 Karl-Heinz Roemmich (spruce and Indian rosewood)

D’Addario EJ46 strings

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