ddray wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:04 am
prawnheed wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:40 pm
I'd highlight Bream's playing of Villa-Lobos versus his Bach, Segovia's Tarrega versus his Bach, William's Rodrigo versus his Bach as being examples of what I mean.
You can have your fiddly, boney trout, I'm having the steak.
And for desert there will be Brouwer.
Yeah but unfortunately none of that is steak. The fact is that's relatively minor stuff that's really only of interest to other guitarists. Play some Bach and non-guitarists will prick up their ears. Take away Bream's and Williams's Bach performances and they might as well have dedicated themselves to the Alpenhorn. That's the way I think it is with classical guitar which, let's face it, is a comparatively new instrument on the scene without a compelling and extensive "native" repertoire. Imagine the piano repertoire with some Chopin preludes and mazurkas, Schumann's shorter pieces, Brahms' late piano music and maybe one or two Scriabin sonatas.
Now what can happen is that a virtuoso guitarist can play Bach and then say to the non-guitarist "now that I have your attention, here are some other pieces by other composers that I think are worth a listen". In that sense all those other pieces are indeed "dessert".
My examples were not there to make a point about the popularity of the instrument or its repertoire. They were backing up my point that transcriptions of Bach for the guitar don't make full use of the textures and tones that the instrument is capable of.
However, I don't believe playing Bach on the guitar expands its popularity greatly. No more than playing Bach on the banjo has increased its popularity. If you asked non-musicians to name three pieces they have heard of for classical guitar, I doubt many of them would name anything by Bach. Additionally, if you were to play the guitar transcription of Bach's cello suites to other musicians, then they tend to wonder why you are playing the whole thing pizzicato. Playing to the limitations, rather than the strengths of the instrument is not likely to grab the attention of many.
You may gorge yourself on underfermented sauerkraut.