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 three 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 instrument from the mid-1970s to the present day, and Williams’ impact upon what might 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
The ‘Segovian’ narrative
John Williams and diversity
1 Andrés Segovia and John Williams
Segovia: career, tributes and reception
Other contributions to classical guitar culture in the early twentieth century
Attitudes to other musical styles
Interpretation of the Segovia legacy
The king and the prince
Williams as a child prodigy
Contrasting approaches to popular and folk music styles
Williams and politics
Shifting attitudes about classical guitar
2 John Williams’ approach to the classical guitar
Following the pulse
Approach to J.S. Bach’s Chaconne in D minor
Contrasting approaches to Mauro Giuliani’s Guitar Concerto No. 1 in A major, Op. 30 (1808)
Ensemble playing and sight-reading
Amplification and other manipulations of the natural sound
Williams and guitar teaching
3 ‘Putting the guitar out of classical music’
Cavatina and other film projects 1
Venezuela – El Diablo Suelto
John Williams and jazz
4 New directions in classical guitar
Performing with Julian Bream
Williams’ own compositions
Agustin Barrios Mangoré
Broadening the repertoire and appeal of the classical guitar
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 master's degree in performance from University College Cork.