Sanz: Complete Music for Guitar

Sanz: Complete Music for Guitar
Composer Gaspar Sanz
Artist Alberto Mesirca guitar
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95396
EAN code 5028421953960
Release June 2018

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Composer, theorist and guitarist Gaspar Sanz was born in Calanda in Aragón in 1640, and in 1674, in Zaragoza, he published the first edition of his Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española (Musical Instruction for the Spanish Guitar), containing numerous compositions. Sanz’s music reveals him to have been a key figure in bridging two different musical traditions – the Spanish and the Italian. We know from his own testimony that music from outside Spain was being performed in Zaragoza in his lifetime, and the cultural influence of Austria, with its leanings for the Italian style, would also have been felt in the city at that time.

His book, at once a collection of music and a method, was addressed to both aficionados and beginners, as well as professional musicians. It contains practical and innovative advice on harmony, counterpoint and continuo practice for accompanying soloists and dancers, his vast musical knowledge and creativity demonstrated in numerous original compositions and national and foreign songs. While the origins of the latter lie in the folk tradition, by the time Sanz published the Instrucción de música, these had already long been part of the art music from which Sanz drew his inspiration. Having travelled the continent extensively, much of his musical education took place in Italy, and he would have encountered these songs and dances there in instrumental versions.

Italian classical guitarist Alberto Mesirca was hailed as ‘prodigiously talented’ in Classical Guitar Magazine, and Kenneth Keaton of American Record Guide praised his album Scarlatti Sonatas as ‘the best Scarlatti I’ve heard on solo guitar’. He is a two-time winner of the “Golden Guitar” Award: for Best Recording in 2007 and as Best Upcoming Artist of the Year in 2009.

With this two-CD set, he has recorded all of Sanz’s punteado (plucked) music for guitar, together with the corresponding rasgueado (strummed) parts or dances. He includes his own arrangements of the dances ‘La tarantela’ and ‘Baile de Mantua’, which Sanz published in strummed versions only.

Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) was born in Calanda, Aragón in Spain. As a young student he went to Italy to learn his craft and art, and studied with the masters in Rome and Naples. His most important publication was published in 1674: “Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española” (Musical instruction for the Spanish Guitar).
This publication contains theoretical information, instructions on technical aspects of the instrument and its way of playing, and a great number of compositions. The publication had far reaching influence on generations of guitar players to come. This new recording presents the compositions from the manuscript, a wide variety of fugues and mainly dances: the Passacalle, Coriente, Zarabanda, Jiga and other popular dances, with roots in the rich folk music of both Spain and Italy.
Master guitarist Alberto Mesirca is twice winner of the Golden Guitar, for the best recording of the Year. He recorded the complete guitar music by Regondi and “Voces de Sefarad” , four centuries of Sephardic Songs.
Recorded in Treviso, Italy in November & December 2017.
Contains liner notes and a biography of the artist.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Jácaras
  2. Marionas
  3. Villanos
  4. Dance de las hachas – La buelta, IGS 6
  5. Españoletas, IGS 3
  6. Pavana, IGS 5
  7. Torneo
  8. Batalla
  9. Passacalle sobre la d con muchas diferencias para soltar una y otra mano
  10. Gallardas, IGS 4
  11. Canarios, IGS 1
  12. Preludio y fantasía con mucha variedad de falsas para los que se precian de aficionados por la o
  13. Alemanda “la serenissima”
  14. Jiga al aire Inglés
  15. Zarabanda francesa
  16. Preludio, o capricho arpeado por la – Sesquiáltera
  17. Alemanda “la preciosa”
  18. Coriente
  19. Zarabanda francesa
  20. Fuga 1ª, por primer tono al ayre Español
  21. Al que gustare de falsas ponga cuido en estos cromáticos
  22. Fuga 2ª, al ayre de jiga
  23. Zarabanda francesa
  24. Passacalles por la e
  25. Passacalles con varios pasajes, campanelas, y con cromáticos las 8 últimas diferencias
  26. Folías
  27. Rujero
  28. Paradetas
  29. Matachín
  30. Zarabanda
  31. Chacona
  32. Españoletas, IGS 3
  33. Pasacalles
  34. Mariçápalos

Disk 2

  1. Granduque
  2. Otro granduque
  3. Passacalles
  4. Pavanas por la d, con partidas al aire español
  5. Jiga inglesa
  6. Bailete francés
  7. Passacalles por la o
  8. Clarines y trompetas con canciones muy curiosas Españolas, y de estranjeras naciones
  9. La cavallería de Nápoles con dos clarines, IGS 2
  10. Canciones
  11. La garzona
  12. La coquina francesa
  13. Lantururú
  14. La esfachata de Nápoles
  15. La miñona de Cataluña
  16. La minina de Portugal
  17. Dos trompetas de la reyna de Suecia
  18. Clarín de los mosqueteros del rey de Francia
  19. Baile de Mantua
  20. La tarantela
  21. Passacalles por la c por cruçado y por quinto tono punto alto
  22. Prosiguen más diferencias sobre los antecedentes passacalles con falsas a tres y quatro voces y cromáticos
  23. Passacalles por la I
  24. Passacalles por la E, y D, por el cinco y seis, y por primero y quarto tono
  25. Estos passeos son por 4 tono
  26. Passacalles por la K por el siete y el ocho, por tercer tono, y 4° punto alto
  27. Paso por el ocho y K²
  28. Passacalles por la H, por el quatro y por quinto tono punto bajo
  29. Passacalles por la G, y B por el tres, y dos y por el sexto y quinto tono
  30. Passeos por la B
  31. Passacalles por la O, por el uno bemolado, y por segundo tono
  32. Passacalles por la L, por el dos bemolado, y por primer tono punto
  33. Passacalles por la K², por el ocho, y por quarto tono punto alto