May 6, 2012
Of course, Tarrega's Recuerdos De La Alhambra started it all for me—in similar cliche fashion with how Peter Shaffer's Amadeus got me interested in "classical" music generally. While I enjoy Bach and have begun working on his cello suites, I tend to respond more deeply—on guitar at least—to the later, Romantic era or early 20th century, Spanish/Italian/South American works that were written expressly for guitar. I love Miguel Llobet's Canciones Populares Catalanas. I really enjoy hearing works by Agustin Barrios. I love Manuel de Falla and transcriptions of Ravel/Debussy. Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez is also pretty exhilarating. Otherwise I generally love all the etudes and preludes, etc., by the likes of Sor, Villa-Lobos, et. al. The list could go on.
Since about early college I've been progressively more and more into classical music, and since quitting a job to stay home with a baby (now two, actually—both growing young girls), I've wanted to take up an instrument to expose them while learning more about the art myself. It suddenly occurred to me I should choose the guitar, since I'd already had a lot of (casual) experience with steel-string. From the moment I started I've been transfixed and increasingly in love.
My favorite so far: Duo Melis.
I'm the proud owner of a Jose Luis Diaz Reyes. Hecho en Mexico! I've been an avid classical listener all my life, and have practiced scales and studies daily now since 2010. My passion is playing simple pieces as musically—and originally—as I can.