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Guitar Landscapes

by George Sheldon

Guitar music that weaves a beautiful sonic tapestry composed of threads from many regions of the world.
Genre: Easy Listening: Instrumental Pop
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1. Scarborough Fair
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2. Afro-Cuban Lullaby
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3. Besame Mucho
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4. Greensleeves
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5. Girl from Ipanema
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6. Gymnopedie No. 1
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7. Mysterious Barricades
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8. Wild Mountain Thyme
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9. Norwegian Wood
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10. Capricho Arabe
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11. Prelude No. 1
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12. Judy
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13. Romanza
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14. Sonata in E Minor
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15. Sheebeg and Sheemor
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Album Notes
SCARBOROUGH FAIR - "Scarborough Fair" is a traditional English ballad. This song
dates back to late medieval times, when the seaside resort of Scarborough was an
important venue for tradesmen from all over England. Paul Simon learned the song
in 1965 from Martin Carthy and set it to counterpoint with Canticle.

AFRO-CUBAN LULLABY by Eliséo Grenét (1893-1950) (Arr. Jack Marshall)
"Afro-Cuban Lullaby" is a traditional cancion de Cuna - that symbolizes a Cuban child
being rocked to sleep by an Afro-Cuban nanny. It is also referred to as the “Cradle
Song” or “Drume Negrita”

BÉSAME MUCHO - Bésame Mucho is a Spanish song written in 1940 by Consuelo
Velazquez before her sixteenth birthday. According to some sources, it is the most
interpreted and perfomed song of all in the twentieth century. According to Velazquez
herself, she was inspired by an aria from an Italian opera by Enrique Granados.

GREENSLEEVES - Greensleeves is basically a ground in the form called romanesca.
The widely believed legend was that it was composed by King Henry VIII (1491-1547)
for his lover and future queen, Anne Boleyn.

GIRL FROM IPANEMA - Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927 - 1994) was a pianist, composer,
singer, arranger, occasional guitarist who was part of an embryonic nucleus that best
represents Brazilian music on the second half of the 20th century. In 1963, he and
Vinícius de Moraes’ contributed one of their greatest hits and very likely the most
aired Brazilian song of all times: "Garota de Ipanema".

GYMNOPEDIE NO. 1 - Erik Satie (1866 -1925) Written in 1888 the piano pieces entitled
"Trois Gymnopedies" are probably French Composer, Erik Satie's most famous works.
The Gymnopedies were most likely named after the Gymnopaidiai festival of ancient
Sparta. A close friend of Debussy and Pablo Picasso, Satie was on a quest to find new
horizons in modern music and today is considered to have been at the forefront of the
Impressionist movement.

MYSTERIOUS BARRICADES - Francois Couperin's (1668-1733) achievement was the
fusion of French and Italian styles for significant organ and harpsichord works. As a
keyboard-player and composer he was pre-eminent in France at the height of his
career. The Mysterious Barricades, from Couperin's 6th suite for harpsichord, was
written to show a gentle enacting of a sense of striving to overcome invisible
obstacles - which in this case was probably the attempt to incorporate four part
harmony within the context of the French style.

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME - Wild Mountain Thyme is an old Scottish tune attributed to
Francis McPeake. It is popular in Scottish circles and sweeps the listener home to the
highlands

NORWEGIAN WOOD - "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" is a song by The Beatles
which first appeared on the 1965 album Rubber Soul. It is notable as one of the first
Western pop songs with an Indian musical instrument — John Lennon's guitar is
accompanied by George Harrison on the sitar.

CAPRICHO ARABE ("Arabian Caprice") - Francisco Tarrega (1852-1909) was one of
Spain's most recognized guitarists and paved the way for later musicians such as
Andres Segovia. He dedicated this song to his beloved friend and composer, Breton.

PRELUDE NO. 1 - Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the most famous composers of
Baroque music. This piece (BWV 846 from the Well Tempered Clavier) is also notable
as the instrumental backdrop for the melody "Ave Maria" by Charles Francois Gounod.

JUDY - John Renbourn (1944 – present) is a contemporary, fingerstyle guitarist who
was part of the British Folk Revival during the 1960’s. Renbourn’s compositions were
influenced by early Renaissance music, and the term “Folk-Baroque” music was often
used to refer to his style.

ROMANZA - The origins of Romanza de Amor are lost in time. Miguel Liobet, a famous
guitarist of the early 1900's, was the first to write it down. It has since become
popular world-wide with many nations writing their own words to the melody.

SONATA IN E MINOR - Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (1685 - 1757) was born in Naples
and was a harpsichord virtuoso who composed 545 sonatas, mostly for that
instrument. He was a founder of the modern school of keyboard technique; he was
the first composer to call for such devices in performance as arpeggios, the rapid
repetition of a single note, and the crossing of hands.

SI BBIG, SI MBOR (Sheebeg and Sheemore by Turlough Carolan 1670 - 1738) - Carolan
is one of Irelands best-known harpist and composers. His compositions blend the
native Irish musical styles with those of the Italian baroque musicians of the period,
bridging the world of Gaelic Ireland with that of the Protestant Ascendancy that ruled
the country in his lifetime. One of the most common stories associated with "Sheebeg
and Sheemore," is one of Carolan's own jokes. Carolan is said to have gone to a hill
known as a fairy haunt, and received the gift of composition from the Fairy Queen.

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Good guitar collection
This is a good collection of traditional and modern guitar music. Sheldon is an accomplished musician. The quality of the work on the opening track (Scarborough Fair), Gymnopedie, and Capricho Arabe attest to his talent. The entire album is instrumental. I listen to it while reading or when we have friends over. We played this during a Scrabble match and kept getting positive comments. Buy this album if you want to hear the pure sound of the guitar.
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