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Spirit Of The Strings

by Marcus Doneus

SPIRIT OF THE STRINGS contains 14 original compositions for acoustic fingerstyle guitar. Handmade music - full of love.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. E-mail to Aurelia
2:30 $0.99
2. Ireland on my mind
2:30 $0.99
3. The Butcher´s Blues
2:16 $0.99
4. River of Dreams
2:22 $0.99
5. Alpine Lullabye
2:50 $0.99
6. Rag pour Jacques
2:41 $0.99
7. Pegasus
4:55 $0.99
8. Alegria
3:25 $0.99
9. Intro & Tarantella
4:42 $0.99
10. Caipirinha
1:30 $0.99
11. Morning Mood
2:43 $0.99
12. Homeland
3:21 $0.99
13. Gone but not forgotten
4:33 $0.99
14. Angel Wings
3:09 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Marcus Doneus lives in Austria and released just his third album SPIRIT OF THE STRINGS, which follows up his first album "Still Waters Run Deep" and "Acoustic Landscapes". This Austrian finger-style guitarist plays a variety of styles which includes traditional American blues, Brazilian music, finger-style and ragtime. His guitar playing expresses as well passionate ballads as groovy pieces. He knows to impress with excellent melody lines and skilled rhythmical patterns. His inspirers are Woody Mann, Franco Morone, Peppino D'Agostino and Jacques Stotzem among others.
"Caipirinha" is a brilliant ballad with soothing nuances. "Morning Mood" in DADGAD tuning has a soulful ambiance, just as "Homeland" in another open tuning. One of the most groovy pieces is "E-mail to Aurelia" which is a top-notch track with an excellent structure and melody line.
Marcus Doneus is a talented guitarist who combines outstanding techniques with accomplished compositions.
Henk te Veldhuis
Bridge Guitar Reviews.

Excerpts of a CD review in German Nr. 1 guitar magazine "Akustik Gitarre" (Michael Lohr):
(...) Marcus Doneus belongs to a generation of fingerstyle guitarists, that really internalized the spirit of the instrument...
... E-Mail to Aurelia is one of the most charming pieces of happy lightness...
... he shows that he really is at home in many different styles...
... through all the pieces draws a line of a friendly-relaxed bright sound, a loving care for details (every passage is wonderfully arranged) and the composer´s spirit...
...this lightflooded album is like an endless walk over blooming alpine meadows...
... the Austrian Mühlviertel region should be recognized as a guitar-landscape, that was given its own sound by Marcus Doneus.

Salvatore Baldacchino/Radio Belgium:
Marcus Doneus est un véritable virtuose de la guitare. Lorsque ses doigts effleurent les 6 cordes, la magie opère. Originaire de Linz (Autriche), sa formation est classique,ce qui lui vaut une maîtrise technique hors du commun.
Spirit Of The Strings’ propose 14 titres instrumentaux, compositions originales flirtant avec le blues, le folk, le jazz, la balade ou la musique brésilienne.
Une belle escapade acoustique.

Massimo Ferro / Radio Voce Spazio (Italy):
There is no need to say anything more about the playing as it is absolutely fine; but what most impressed me are those beautiful melodies that shine all through the albums and  make your music a real pleasure for the ears. There is no weak moment in both the CD's in fact, so that be sure more music of your will be on air in the next weeks!
    In the meantime let me please thank you once again for your kind attention and giving me the chance to discover such great stuff.

what guitar masters say about SPIRIT OF THE STRINGS:

"Marcus' new guitar compositions are a timeless collection of expressions that showcase wide ranging influences - from traditional american blues and ragtime to Brazilian rhythms and contemporary fingerstyle explorations. I admire his musical honesty." Woody Mann (USA)

"Marcus Doneus is a gifted guitarist and his music
reflects his kind spirit and original intellect.
You'll enjoy his music. Marcus's gift for composition is truly exquisite. His music will touch you and let your fingers dance! Good job amico!" Peppino d´Agostino (USA)

"Marcus´ fingerstyle shows different moods with a clear sound and peaceful melodies; Also I've got here the knowledge of a good fingerstyle repertoire linked to his teaching experiences. All the acoustic guitar pilgrims travelling through Austria should have a stop in his guitar-store.  Franco Morone (Italy)

" Very nice CD ! I really like the sound and also all the pieces are very well played and interpreted. I particularly like "River of dreams" and "Morning mood" - very beautiful melodies. In "Ireland on my mind", the melody and the mood of the piece immediately transport you to that superb country, the piece has that dancing character combined with a typical melancholic Irish feeling. "Rag pour Jacques" really swings and reminds me of one of my favourite swing piano player "Fats Waller". Merci beaucoup pour la dédicace ! " Jacques Stotzem (Belgium)

"Ich durfte dabei sein, wie Marcus leise aber radikal seinen Traum "Gitarre" zu leben begonnen hat. Ich darf jetzt erleben, wie mich Stücke wie "Alpine Lullaby" oder "Angel Wings" wirklich berühren. danke - grosse Klasse und Respekt." Michael Langer (Austria)

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With his new CD, Marcus has released the best original guitar music I've heard in a long time.

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We love "Spirit Of The Strings"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves the world of Marcus Doneus.

Lynne Humer

Beautiful music, haunting melodies
Spirit of the Strings is a beautiful cd. Peaceful, at times almost meditative listening - music with haunting melodies that touch the emotions and the soul.

Rainier Lanselle (Paris, France)

Watch this composer!
Marcus is not only an outstanding fingerstylist, he is also a wonderful melodist, with compositions full of emotion and creativity. He is a true composer. Just listen to tunes like "Email to Aurelia", "Pegasus", "River of dreams"... Besides, Marcus is a very generous fellow, who gives out his tablatures for free: just go to his website (see left), and download all the tabs of this CD's tunes! You can also buy his tab book and support him. He deserves it.

winsly langis

great album
great album, looking forward to listening to the tracks everyday. definitely of high recommendation.

Mary Ann Cook U.S.A.

Spirit of the Strings will speak to your spirit and soothe your soul.
Spirit of the Strings is perfect as background for dinner parties or just hanging out with friends. As a writer, I turn to this music for inspiration. The unique compositions found in Spirit of the Strings speaks to my spirit and soothes my soul. I am lifted up by the peaceful rhythms of River of Dreams and Alpine Lulaby. The fast and fun, The Butcher's Blues, and Rag pour Jacaues make me smile and tap my feet! I plan on purchasing copies of this album for my friends. Where else can you find such a unique gift, one that will be a joy and blessing for the recipient? I feel fortunate to have discovered the beautiful music of this talented artist.