Techniques of Guitar Playing [Review]

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William "Mac" Nelson, Cello Music Cataloger (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Hector Berlioz famously commented on the shortcomings of the guitar, among them a “weak sonority” that greatly restricted its use in ensemble (Berlioz’s Orchestral Treatise: A Translation and Commentary, trans. and ed. Hugh Macdonald [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002], 86). Even though the instrument as Berlioz knew it would give way later in the century to a larger, more sonorous design, the dynamic range of the guitar would never be extended (prior to electrification) in such a way that would satisfy the romantic appetite for vast soundscapes and extreme dynamic contrasts.

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Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
Language: English
Date: 2016
review, guitars, music

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