Laudiesdad69 wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 24, 2017 1:31 am
I agree that CG requires more mental engagement than most of the pop drivel that one hears on the radio these days. It is to me more fun to play than electric guitar. I suppose that this is because of the technical proficiency that is required to play a lot of pieces is greater. It seems to engage my brain a little bit more (sometimes a lot more) than other types of music.
However, a lot of the music that I play on my Ramirez is not considered "classical". It just happens that I play it on a classical guitar. I have a record of Bream and Williams playing some modern compositions that I find quite compelling. I think it is a good idea to bring new music into the realm of the classical guitar because it's nice to listen to, and it keeps it from getting stale. I really can't stand I when all I hear from CG players is the same old Bach pieces that have been recorded a hundred times over. I think that the repertoire must expand in order to keep it alive.
This brings to mind discussions that have been touched on before. But isn't that the nature of these forums?
There have been definitions of what constitutes 'classical' guitar and 'classical' music played on the guitar.
There seems to be a general consensus that 'classical' music is music that is either not modern and/or complex enough to make it interesting to play on the 'classical' guitar, or, have 2 or more voices to bring out the contrapuntal abilities of the 'classical' guitar.
I'm sure someone will shout up if I'm not defining this correctly.
But when does 'modern' music for 'classical' guitar become 'classical'? I'm sure I've asked this before but is it when an accomplished CG player or composer or academic has composed it or adapted it from other music?
When Takemitsu arranged Beatles music, were his arrangements then considered 'au-fait' 'classical' guitar music. But before that, Beatles music played on Classical Guitar wasn't considered 'authentic' 'classical' guitar music?
I was speaking to a work colleague years ago who was an accomplished pianist and studied music at University and he was extolling the virtues of a Britney Spears song saying that the music to the song, not necessarily the singing, was well crafted. Well whether you agree with that or not, it reminds me that a lot of 'pop' music is created/produced by accomplished musicians , many who are probably a lot more talented than the main artist they are backing.
So if we extrapolate from the fact that there may be 'some' good music amongst the plethora (or mire) of pop and rock music, then what is wrong with 'arranging' it so that it can be contrapuntal, interesting and complex enough for the classical guitar so that it becomes....modern 'classical' guitar music.
We can still have modern composers creating new music but arranging the wealth of music out there is an untapped resource if you ask me.
But yes, the 'classical' music that many associate with 'classical' guitar is what makes it special to many of us so we don't want to lose that but the genre can only stand still relying on the past for so long. Imho.
Not sure if that's the kind of thing you were thinking of Laudiesdad69 but this is what sprung (?) to my mind when I read your post.
Plus, I love the fact that I can play whatever I want on the 'classical' guitar whether it's a Dowland piece, a Brouwer piece, finger picking backing to a folk or pop song, an arrangement of a Show or Jazz piece, or, a modern, folk instrumental etc. The list goes on and on. I'm getting deja vu because I'm sure I've said this type of thing before in other posts....