From Granada to Srawberry Fields
A wide-ranging programme reflecting diverse cultures including the French Court of Louis XIV and Romantic Spain, with music by Villa-Lobos, The Beatles, and by me….
Sunday 13th November 2.30 – 4.15pm and a second, shorter recital 5.30 – 6.30pm
23 Tapton House Road
Email: Guy Wyatt at
Full programme below.
I start the programme with music by Robert de Visee , who was a guitarist, composer, and viol player at the Court of Louis XIV. Four dance movements make up this elegant and expressive suite, typical of the French style. I follow with the warmth of the Spanish Romantic Isaac Albeniz, I play two pieces by him in the first part: his Serenata Granada with its hypnotically repeated notes complementing a beautiful nostalgic tune, and the brilliantly conceived Asturias. Both were composed for the piano, but I hope you agree they sound pretty good on the guitar.
The music by Armand Coeck and Heitor Villa-Lobos although very different have one thing in common: they reveal a wide range of influences: modal, folk style, classical form, and more.
I arranged Danny Boy for the reason that I love this tune. I think it is one of the greatest tunes of all time!
My own piece was inspired by a poem in Spanish by the Colombian poet Betsimar Sepulveda. The title is a line from the poem. It is very slow: I have tried to evoke the slow fading of the light at the edge of the horizon.
Francisco Tárrega is in some ways the guitar’s answer to the piano’s Isaac Albeniz. His Capricho Arabe, rather like Albeniz’s Granada, is an evocation of Spain’s romanticised Arabic past, which fired the composer’s imagination.
When I arranged the music by Lennon/McCartney I tried to imagine how the music could work without a vocal line, purely as an instrumental solo. I have developed various musical themes from the songs, inspired by my work with Sir Paul helping him in his composition of a concerto for guitar and orchestra. I end my recital with Cavatina which is often named as the all-time favourite guitar piece, followed by Trad from Andalucia – 2 Spanish songs from the deep south to end the concert.
I hope this encourages you to come along. Thank you for reading this far,
Sunday 13th October, 2.30pm
Carlos Bonell, guitar
The Programme in full:
Robert de Visée (1650-1725)
Suite in G major:
Isaac Albeniz (1850-1909)
Serenata – Granada*
Armand Coeck b.1941)
Midnight Dance (2019)
Trad.: Danny Boy*
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
Leyenda – Asturias*
Carlos Bonell b.1949
At The Edge Of The Horizon (2022)
Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
Trad from Andalucia*
2 folk songs and dances