Shand, Ernest - op.95 Songes d'Été - Video

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Shand, Ernest - op.95 Songes d'Été - Video

Post by Rui Namora » Sat May 12, 2018 9:46 pm

Ernest Shand, an English musician born in 1868, was the first British to achieve notoriety, on the trail of virtuoso foreigners like Giulio Regondi, Leonard Schulz, Felix Horetzky or Catherina Pelzer. He lived in a time of decline of the instrument's popularity, and didn't manage to live exclusively as a guitarist. Instead, he had a extremely successful career as a singer and actor of music-hall.
His guitar music reflects the taste of his epoch by sentimental and pungent melodies and consists mostly of "piéces de genre", waltzes, mazurkas or polkas. Despite the lightness of these pieces, he was the first British composer to compose a guitar concerto and string quartet, and author of the most extensive and consistent method for the instrument written in the British Isles at that period.

Songes d'Été (Summer Dreams) is a piece containing all the lyricism and sentimentality, characteristic of the period parlour music. Divided into two parts, it contrasts the lightness of a waltz to the nostalgia of a summer that, eventually, will vanish. Just like a summer passion.

Played on a 8 strings romantic guitar (Jan Tuláček), after J.A. Stauffer

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Post by Bernhard Heimann » Sun May 13, 2018 9:18 am

:bravo: this made my summer Sunday morning perfect!

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Post by williamgroome » Tue May 15, 2018 9:11 pm

Excellent. You have a real feeling for Ernest Shand and that romantic era.

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Post by Rui Namora » Tue May 15, 2018 9:17 pm

Thank you :)
I'm kind of an old soul :D
I like to rescue those pieces from obscurity...

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Post by Dirck Nagy » Thu May 24, 2018 1:10 am

Hi Rui!
I really liked this; I'd never heard this piece before. You play it beautifully!

cheers!
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Post by Flawiler63 » Thu May 24, 2018 2:33 pm

Hi Rui

This piece is also new to me. You play it with just the right amount of sentiment(ality) so that it does not become corny.

Thanks
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Post by jaan » Fri May 25, 2018 12:49 pm

Just beautiful. You've captured exactly the lyricism and sentimentality you describe, beautifully phrased (in performance and word!). Thanks for sharing.

Would love to hear about you instrument, too.
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Post by tateharmann » Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:07 pm

Lovely, lovely, lovely! I really enjoyed that performance of Shand work that I hadn't heard before - thanks for sharing!
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Post by Rui Namora » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:04 pm

Thank you all for your comments.
jaan wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 12:49 pm

Would love to hear about you instrument, too.
Jaan, this instrument is a replica of a 1837 Viennese romantic guitar (J.A. Stauffer), built by czech luthier Jan Tuláček. It has two floating extra basses. In this case, tuned D (7) and A (8). Ernest Shand composed this piece for 6 string, though. All the octave basses are my own choice, where it fits well to the music.

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Post by jaan » Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:23 pm

Rui Namora wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:04 pm

Jaan, this instrument is a replica of a 1837 Viennese romantic guitar (J.A. Stauffer), built by czech luthier Jan Tuláček. It has two floating extra basses. In this case, tuned D (7) and A (8). Ernest Shand composed this piece for 6 string, though. All the octave basses are my own choice, where it fits well to the music.
It's a beauty, thanks for the info! And your decisions on the basses struck me as spot on. Lovely.
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Post by Kavwel » Fri Aug 17, 2018 2:22 pm

Your interpretation is marvellous. Very relaxing piece, reminds me of summer Sundays.

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Post by John Jay » Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:24 am

Wow, what a nice gift! Thanks, Rui!

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