John Williams: Changing the Culture of the Classical Guitar: Performance, perception, education and construction, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

John Williams: Changing the Culture of the Classical Guitar

Performance, perception, education and construction, 1st Edition

By Michael O'Toole


218 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-04-16
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This book assesses the influence and reception of many different forms of guitar playing upon the classical guitar and more specifically through the prism of John Williams.

Beginning with an examination of Andrés Segovia and his influence upon Williams’ life’s work, a further four incisive chapters cover key areas such as performance, perception, education and construction, considering social and cultural contexts of the guitar over the past century. A final chapter on New Directions in Classical Guitar examines the change in reception of the composer from the mid-1970s to the present day, and Williams’ impact upon what night be termed ‘standard classical guitar repertoire’.

With in-depth discussion of the cultural and perceptual impact of Williams’ more daring crossover projects and numerous musical examples, this is an informative reference for all classical guitar practitioners, as well as scholars and researchers of guitar studies, reception studies, cultural musicology, and performance studies. An online lecture by the author and a transcript of the author’s interview with John Williams are also available, as e-resources.

Table of Contents

1. The Impact of Andrés Segovia upon the popularity of the classical guitar 2. John Williams and the Segovia legacy 3. John Williams’ approach to the classical guitar 4. ‘Putting the guitar out of classical music’ 5. New directions in classical guitar

About the Author

Michael O'Toole is one of the leading figures in the Irish guitar scene today. He has given many memorable solo recitals and also contributed significantly to the development of the instrument as Artistic Director of both The Waltons International Guitar Festival and The Chord Ennis International Music Festival. Michael also currently has the honour of being a director of the prestigious ‘Kilkenny Arts Festival’. Michael holds a PhD from the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, and a Masters degree in performance from University College Cork.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Music

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering music performance, theory, and culture alongside topics such as gender, race, ecology, film, religion, politics, and science, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / Musical Instruments / Guitar
MUSIC / Individual Composer & Musician