Dvorak for Mandolins and Schubert for Guitar on Next Fretworks

Fretworks, our weekly program for music for the classical guitar, will feature several unique arrangements for the next broadcast on Saturday evening at 7 pm here on Classical 101.

Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances have long been popular in their orchestral version, but we have one of them arranged for the Toulouse Mandolin Ensemble for a decidedly different sound.

Franz Schubert wrote a sonata for an instrument called the arpeggione, which has been described as essentially a bowed guitar.  Like a guitar, it was fretted and had six strings but was played like a cello with a bow, much like a viola da gamba. 

The arpeggione quickly went out of style not long after Schubert wrote the only substantial piece for the instrument in 1824.  It’s a popular work for cellists and pianists today, but on the next Fretworks we’ll have an arrangement for an early 19th Century guitar and orchestra with John Williams.

We also have Francisco Tarrega’s arrangement of the Carnival of Venice for solo guitar with Xuefei Yang, and we’ll hear several of the “Album Leaves” from Espana by Issac Albeniz with Stephen Marchionda.  Kazuhito Yamashita will play the finale from the Guitar Quintet of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco with the Tokyo String Quartet.

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