International Guitar Month Begins with Spain on Fretworks

Since April is “International Guitar Month,” the next four Fretworks programs will feature music for the classical guitar from a different geographical region each week.

When I tried to find out where “International Guitar Month” came from or what it was about, all I could come up with was that it was a musical instrument equipment trade group association promotional campaign begun in the 1980s.  But who needs an excuse to focus attention on such a wonderful instrument as the guitar and its music?  I’m all for it.  So, let’s go around the world with the guitar.

Spain, being so important for the development of the modern classical guitar and its repertoire, gets a whole hour for itself.  The music will include the most famous of all guitar concertos, the Concierto de Aranjuez of Rodrigo, Spanish music going back to the 13th century, and some flamenco as well.  Pepe Romero, Narciso Yepes and Paco Pena will be featured.

The following three weeks, we’ll have a program each for Europe, Latin America, and North America.  I know there are parts of the world I am missing, but to keep within the limits of the show’s format, we’ll hear primarily from traditions that have well established repertoire for the modern classical guitar.

Join me Saturday evening at 7 as we begin our musical journey and head to Spain on the next Fretworks on Classical 101.