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Music of Franz Schubert for his Birthday on the Next Fretworks

Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born on January 31, 1797, and I'll have a couple of his works on the next Fretworks, which happens to be on that date. Also on the program, music from South America from Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Guastavino. Guitarist John Williams and the Australian Chamber Orchestra will play an arrangement of the Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, a piece that Schubert composed in 1824. This beautiful sonata was written for arpeggione and piano but nowadays is usually played on cello, or viola and piano. The arpeggione was a 6-stringed instrument with frets and tuning like a guitar, but it was held between the knees and played with a bow, like a cello. John Williams will play the work on an early 19th century guitar that was made in Turin in 1814. Since the guitar and piano usually don't make such a good combination, Williams asked his friend, the composer Christopher Gunning, to arrange the piano part for orchestra, and that's what we'll hear from this 1999 Sony Classical recording. We'll also hear guitarist Robert Gruca play Schubert's lovely Serenade in a transcription made by Johann Kaspar Mertz, who was a 19th century guitar virtuoso. If time allows, I'll have a little more Schubert at the end of the hour arranged for cello and guitar. Music from Argentina will be played by guitarist Manuel Barrueco with Invierno porteno ("Winter") from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla, and Las Presencias No. 6 by Carlos Guastavino. The piece by Guastavino is for guitar and string quartet, and Barrueco will be accompanied by the Latin American Quartet. Join me for Fretworks for music of the classical guitar, Saturday evening at 7 and Wednesday evening at 7 on Classical 101. http://youtu.be/8FpEVMOgSbI http://youtu.be/rnD0i2e2nLs