Archive for July, 2012
Here’s something kind of neat – a poem written for a luthier. Bruce Bond wrote this poem in homage to Sebastian Stenzel when he learned that Stenzel was making some guitars with cedar that came from a tree that had died in a fire in the 1930′s. You can see a bit about one of the guitars he made with that wood here. Bruce was moved by the story of the wood and his poem follows.
I should point out that this was not a one-off thing for Bruce. Though an avid guitarist and something of a collector, he is a decorated and published poet. He’s the author of eight published books of poetry, most recently The Visible (LSU, 2012), Peal (Etruscan, 2009), and Blind Rain (Finalist, The Poet’s Prize, LSU, 2008). His tetralogy of new books entitled Choir of the Wells will be released from Etruscan Press in 2013. Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas and Poetry Editor for American Literary Review.
Homage to Sebastian Stenzel
After the cedar died in the great fire,
it stood for eighty years. A testament
to what the long neglected can endure
if the roots go deep, the heartwood dense,
grain woven, limbs upholding nothing
like a nervous system of the sky.
Another of the Parkening Competition competitors who stopped by the showroom was Adam Kossler. Adam just received his DMA from Florida State where he was Bruce Holzman’s teaching assistant, and he has won prizes at quite a few competitions. Here he is playing Dowland’s Fantasia #7 on a Tetsuo Kurosawa ‘Standard’ and Bartolomé Calatayud’s ‘Waltz’ on a 2012 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez.
Here we have Pepe Romero Jr.’s guitar #190, from our celebration of Pepe Romero Jr.’s 200th guitar. #190 is a cedar and maple guitar from 2010, and there are no new major changes from the previous guitars. Pepe Sr. shows off the guitar with Tarrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra.
“La Guitarra: A Comprehensive Study of Classical Guitar Technique and Guide to Performing”
At last! The revised and expanded edition of of Pepe Romero’s Guitar Style and Technique (1982), which has been out-of-print for several decades. New features include sections on Tremolo, Flamenco, Concert Performance, additional finger gymnastics, and a Romero photo album. It contains all the music in the earlier version and several new pieces, all newly engraved (including Recuerdos de la Alhambra with Pepe’s fingering). It is 9×12, wire-spiral bound, 144 pages, and the list price will be $29.95. Available this summer.
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Silviu Ciulei is another of the Parkening International Guitar Competition semi-finalists who stopped by during the competition to play some guitars. Silviu was born in Romania and got his undergraduate and master’s degree in the US. He is currently working toward his DMA at Florida State University, where he is a graduate teaching assistant to Bruce Holzman. I was pleased to see that in addition to being an accomplished classical guitarist he seems to know his way around flamenco, as you can see in two of the videos. Here he is playing Weiss’ Passacalgia on a 2010 Pepe Romero Jr. guitar and a couple of bulerias on a Felipe Conde FP-14.