Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday morning music

I thought I'd remember a friend this morning, with a piece of music he and I both loved very much.  It's the 'Fantasia para un Gentilhombre' (Fantasia for a Gentleman) by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, who may be the most well-known composer for that instrument in classical music history.

This 1996 recording features Pepe Romero, a member of the world-famous classical guitar family.  He's playing with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, a Mexican orchestra, conducted by Manuel Godolf.  The video quality isn't very good, but the sound is better.  I chose this recording because it shows Pepe Romero's notable guitar technique very well.

I still miss Inyati.  This music brings back his memory every time I hear it.



Jim said...

Just read the earlier piece about Inyati. If only there more like him in power. It sounds like he was a man of honor, an increasingly rare trait, and I hope he is resting easy. The music is, of course, gorgeous.

Harry Flashman said...

The guitar piece "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" is a memory trigger for me.

Old NFO said...

Wow, that is fantastic!

camperbot said...

I just read your story about Inyati. What a man.

Reg T said...

Peter, have you ever heard this played by Scott Tennant? His skill is amazing, and he studied with Rodrigo. You can hear him here:(

or here: (

Scott is also a member (or was) of the LA Guitar Quartet. In my very humble opinion, I think Scott plays better than Segovia - the Master - did.

Reg T said...

Oops. I'm actually not sure if Scott ever played the entire Concierto de Aranjuez, but I could swear I heard him play that fantasia. Anyway, give him a listen. His playing is superb.