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John DUARTE, PETITE SUITE FRANÇAISE : Villageoise ; I commissioned the great composer John Duarte in 1974: the purpose was to enrich our guitar repertoire with French music.
"Villageoise" is the first movement, both elegant and facetious.

DuarteJohn DUARTE, PETITE SUITE FRANÇAISE : Le Trouvère et la Douce Dame Jolie ; This second movement is a courtly love story:
A troubadour plays chords on his guiterne while getting close to a balcony where a douce dame jolie stands expectantly.
Seeing him approaching, she sings in a major mode.
They then sing together and get into a dance, accompanied by a tambourine.
They then bow to each other.
The troubafour plays two interrogative chords, but gets no reply.
Worried, he plays the chords again.
The douce dame jolie replies with a song, in a minor mode, this time.
Dismayed, the troubadour moves away, playing sad chords...

DuarteJohn DUARTE, PETITE SUITE FRANÇAISE : La Rondette ; Last movement of this Petite Suite Francaise. A gay round dance, both elegant and lively, in the Renaissance style.

Amazon LegendWlademar HENRIQUE / Jumez: Legend from the Amazon ; mystery and rhythm.

Moorish Dance, by SALUNCAR (arr. Jumez); Arabo-Andalusian music, announcing flamenco.

Bolero, by Maurice Ravel (arr. Peter Kraus); a bold transcription of the celebrated work.

PIERRE LERICH: Ragtime ; this was a great present from the author in 1993.

José Olivera QUEIROZ: Zulquei Walz ; in tribute to Zulmira, his wife (hence the title)

YOCOH : Sakura: a great transcription of the famous Japanese koto piece.

Etude 22, by Napoleon COSTE (arr. Jumez); great piece to warm up!.

La Chasse, by Mauro GIULIANI: An accurate depiction of a hunting session, with hornets, the pack of staghounds, the poor doe, the village dance, the mort....

African Dance, by Charles CAMILLERI: this composer from Malta masters both the African and the European cultures..

Etude, by Matteo CARCASSI: A delicious moment, far from the madding word..

Tango en skaï, by Roland DYENS: The perpetual Argentine sensuality.

J'ai du bon tabac, by Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: This is the final fugue based on a French Folk song ("I''ve got good tobacco"), concluding a humoristic suite fo which no audience gave me the cold shoulder. In the 30s, a musical critic in Geneva wrote that, even if Segovia performed "J'ai du bon tabac", it would be superb anyhow. The great Italian composer took the challenge... You may also only view the spectacular Fugue.

à la Bellini, anonymous - arr. Giorgio Pezzoli, 1897-1957): A major work, a sweet heartbreaker - this manuscript was found in an attic - but who was this mysterious Pezzoli who signed the arrangement? And where did he find such a glorious theme? Many thanks to the Guitar Foundation of America

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