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Junto a Rodrigo. An Anthology of Contemporary Music for Guitar (Podera, Reghezza, Simoni, Smaili, Ugoletti)

Editor: Piero Bonaguri

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Contents: Giovanni Podera: Fantasia (In memoriam Joaquín Rodrigo)/ Marco Reghezza: Nana Estrellada/ Marco Simoni: Junto a Rodrigo/ Marco Smaili: Fronda de la tarde (Homenaje a Joaquín Rodrigo)/ Paolo Ugoletti: Fuga a 4 voci

Editor: Piero Bonaguri
Publication Date: 1-30-2019
Pages: pp. 28
Size: 230x310 mm
Binding: Saddle stitching
ISMN: 979-0-2153-2585-2
Code: CH 289


Following the successful publication of Homenaje a Rodrigo (2015), containing four pieces by Alessandro Spazzoli – one of which was performed in the presence of the composer’s daughter, Cecilia Rodrigo, during her visit to the International Convention in Alessandria –, here is the second volume. It contains more tributes to Rodrigo written on my input by five well-known Italian and Spanish composers, two of whom are also guitarists and have therefore written the fingering for their own pieces.
Giovanni Podera plunges us into a typically “Rodrigo-like” atmosphere with his evocative Fantasia, while the following three compositions are full of direct quotations from pieces also for guitar by the great composer from Valencia. Thus, Marco Simoni, in his expressive Junto a Rodrigo – which also provides the title to the volume – plays with themes taken from Junto al Generalife and from Dos piezas caballerescas for a cello ensemble as well as hinting at reminiscences of Tiento antiguo. As for Marco Smaili, in his impressionistic Fronda de la tarde, he evokes quite evidently Zarabanda lejana and Invocación y Danza, but there are more hidden references to Caminos de Santiago and even to the very famous Concierto de Aranjuez. Marco Reghezza builds his heart-breaking Nana estrellada on a sequence of chords used by Rodrigo in the fantasia ¡Que buen caminito!.
On the other hand, there are no direct quotations and echoes of Rodrigo’s way of writing in the Fuga a quattro voci by Paolo Ugoletti. However it was Rodrigo himself who constructed four-part imitative passages for guitar in Pasacalle and in the Ricercare of the Fantasia para un Gentilhombre. The close polyphony of the piece by Ugoletti may be considered as a tribute to this kind of craft shown by Rodrigo who, like Ugoletti, was able to write such dense and idiomatic counterpoint without being a guitar-player.
I am pleased that this volume comes out in the imminence of the 20th anniversary of the disappearance of the illustrious Spanish composer who gave so much to the musicians – and not only to them. (Piero Bonaguri)

Muchas gracias por este emotivo y excelente musical homenaje a mi padre. La edición es excelente y la difundiremos con todos nuestros medios por las redes sociales a nuestro alcance. Ha sido un gran trabajo por su parte, fruto de sus grandes conocimientos guitarrísticos y su devoción por Joaquín Rodrigo.  Le reitero mi gratitud y mi felicitación con el ruego transmita a los  cinco compositores mi felicitación y deseos de éxito. (Cecilia Rodrigo)

Series Details

Piero Bonaguri Collection
Contemporary Music for Guitar

Piero Bonaguri graduated “cum laude” at the Parma Conservatory. “Diploma di Merito” at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, he also studied with Enrico Tagliavini, Alirio Díaz, Oscar Ghiglia and Andrès Segovia, who wrote about him: “He will soon be a famous name among the best guitarists of our time”.
His performing career takes him to more than fifty countries in all five continents, working with prestigious Institutes and Festivals.
He has premiered, recorded and edited many pieces for guitar written for him (almost 400 new compositions have been dedicated to him by well-known composers such as Cappelli, Guarnieri, Ugoletti, Solbiati, Molino, Paccagnini, Benati, Carluccio, Anzaghi, Tagliamacco).
He is general editor of a collection of contemporary guitar works published by Ut Orpheus.
He teaches guitar at the Conservatory “G.B. Martini” in Bologna.

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