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Juan Pablo Pira
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  • Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala
  • Guatemala
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Juan Pablo Pira's Discussions

Minguet e Yrol
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Juan Pablo Pira Jul 25, 2016.

Baroque guitar in far far away places
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Juan Pablo Pira Sep 12, 2015.

Garnsey's article on Matteis
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Monica Hall Dec 31, 2014.

 

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Juan Pablo Pira replied to David Norton's discussion Early 19th C scordatura
"How do you play a 4 string D chord in harmonics? if it is arpeggiated, how is that different from what you see in the next measures?"
Jan 9
Juan Pablo Pira replied to David Norton's discussion Early 19th C scordatura
"Thank you.  Any idea of what this guy means by "Flautas" near the end of the rondo.  It is obvious it is not harmonics."
Dec 19, 2016
Juan Pablo Pira replied to Simon Boyle's discussion Baroque guitar method
"A large textbook-format book might be way too expensive.  However, maybe a print-on-demand or a kindle book might be an option."
Sep 13, 2016
Juan Pablo Pira replied to Mark Hoemmen's discussion Restring classical guitar to practice in Gaspar Sanz's tuning?
"This guy actually bore holes and added strings to make some of the courses double.   http://www.donaldsauter.com/baroque-guitar-conversion.htm"
Sep 9, 2016
Juan Pablo Pira replied to Mark Hoemmen's discussion Restring classical guitar to practice in Gaspar Sanz's tuning?
"It will feel very different, but I believe it would give you an approximate idea. While the sound is not going to be exactly as in the baroque guitar, Campanelas are going to be much better... many things that look like an arpeggio are actually a…"
Sep 6, 2016
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Ortiz_Cuarto

"Regarding your Maso Rivera video. I'm surprised at how such small instruments are still usable. Looking at the small instruments, I was remembering something that happened a few years ago during a Christmas concert.  I got to  play…"
Aug 25, 2016
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Left handed Puerto Rican Cuatro

"I think it is better if to play an "aguinaldo cagueño" a "seis" or some other Puerto Rican standard.  That music is actually very interesting,  I recommend listening to Maribel…"
Aug 24, 2016
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Left handed Puerto Rican Cuatro

"If you are using the usual cuatro steel strings, you would have to be as strong as the Hulk to play Bartolotti on this one.  If you change to nylon it might be a bit too quiet. "
Aug 23, 2016

My Music

1. Clarines suaves (Manuel José de Quiroz) A Christmas piece for two tiples and continuo.


clarines SOH.pdf

2. Two pieces from "regla de entrastar". Two beginner pieces from an 18th century guitar instruction book for absolute beginners. Baile inglés is a very simple piece used to explain tablature. Minueto por Alamire Mayor is a short minuet for guitar. My very special thanks to Luis Antonio Rodríguez Torselli who gave me access to these pieces.

Baile ingles.pdf
alamire3.pdf

3. A passacaglia for four-string guitar tuned in fourths DGcf. This tuning was used in Guatemala in the early 18th century. I thought about transcribing Biber's passacaglia for solo violin, but changed my mind before I reached the fifth bar. (Top line is highest string)
PASACAGLIA.pdf

4. Canario by Guatemalan baroque composer Manuel Alvarez. Very similar to pieces with the same name by Sanz and Guerau. This piece is set for a four-string guitar tuned DGcf. (Bottom line is highest string). UPDATE: Probably, this was not written for a guitar but for a bandurria or a mandola. Both instruments are quite different from the modern instruments with the same name).
Canario.pdf

5. Fantasmas. Another piece by Manuel Alvarez. UPDATE: Probably, this was not written for a guitar but for a bandurria or a mandola. Both instruments are quite different from the modern instruments with the same name).
Fantasmas.pdf

6. Fantasmas del Sueño. Another theme and variations by the same composer. UPDATE: Probably, this was not written for a guitar but for a bandurria or a mandola. Both instruments are quite different from the modern instruments with the same name). Suenho.pdf

7. Gavotte I and II from J.S. Bach's Suite VI for cello solo. Gavotte I y II FR.pdf . Also transcribed from the V cello suite, Sarabande.  I did not use the lute suite since most bass notes would be out of range.  Easy to read through, yet very difficult to play beautifully. sarabande.pdf


8. Dios Nimahau. Part of the Santa Eulalia choir books dated from the late 16th to the early 17th centuries. Originally a small piece for four voices. There is only a partial text -in a Mayan language, possibly Q'anjob'al- for the tiple. The title is partially in Spanish and partially in a Mayan Language and could translate as "God, great Lord". Dios being "God" in Spanish and Nimahau formed by "Nim"- great, large and "Ahau"- Lord or ruler. Modern spelling for Mayan languanges would use "Tyox Nimajaw". I have transcribed it for baroque guitar. "French" tuning is OK, but it sounds better with bourdons on the 4th and 5th strings. Nimahau.pdf

9. Ave Maris Stella. The previous piece reminds me of Antonio de Cabezón's "La dama le demanda", so I decided to add a little piece by this composer. I'm sure it would sound better on a lute, but it works on a baroque guitar. Ave Maris.pdf

 

10.  Two easy pieces.  These might work better with bourdons on the A string.  Brian Boru.pdf and All through the night.

 

 

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At 18:54 on October 26, 2015, Jim Arlow said…

Hi Juan - nice to "meet" you!

Jim

At 20:17 on April 14, 2011, Valéry Sauvage said…

Hello Juan Pablo,

Your Bach arrangements are very nice and cool to play ;-) Thanks for providing it.

I have some others by Javier Hinojosa (from the bwv 1006) I will post tomorow 2 menuets.

All the best

Val

At 22:01 on April 5, 2011, gabroarellos said…

Estimado Juan Pablo:

Me llamo Gabriel Arellano y soy miembro del Grupo Cinco Siglos de Córdoba (España). Como he visto, sabrá por Diego Martín que estamos interesados en rescatar la bandurria barroca y hemos trabajado en las piezas que, al parecer, compuso o quizás tocó nuestro paisano Luis de Góngora. He sabido por esta página de las piezas de Manuel Álvarez que creo que ha usted trabajado bastante y, ante la posibilidad de que sean piezas para bandurria estoy muy interesado en saber algo más de este compositor y, por supuesto, en conseguir su música.

Quedaría muy agradecido si pudiera facilitarme cualquier información, si está editada, donde se puede comprar, etc.

Puede responderme a mi correo personal:

gabroarellos@gmail.com

 

Afectuosamente

Gabriel Arellano



At 16:10 on November 18, 2010, Geir Ove Myhre said…
Thanks Juan!
At 1:22 on July 20, 2010, Diego Martín said…
Hola Juan Pablo. Ahora que estoy de vacaciones he empezado a mirarme Canario de Manuel Álvarez. Suena estupendo; pero tengo algunas dudas. Comparando tu transcripción con el original me he dado cuenta de que falta una hoja del mismo. ¿Podrías mandarme la 2ª hoja del original de Canario?
Y tú ¿Qué tal llevas la Jácara de Góngora?
Un saludo desde Salamanca
At 14:43 on July 9, 2010, Jelma van Amersfoort said…
Thank you Juan Pablo. The singer is Sigurd van Lommel (counter tenor). The piece is anonymous, arranged by Giacomo Merchi.
At 13:09 on May 13, 2010, Diego Martín said…
Hola Juan Pablo. ¡Cuánto tiempo!
Quería hacer una pregunta por si casualidad sabes dónde pudiera encontrarlo. Estoy interesado en el "Método de bandurria, Melódico y Progresivo". Por Carlos Zorzi, 1900. Editado en Chile por la editorial Otto-Becker. ¿Sabrías decirme dónde puedo conseguirlo?
Muchas gracias
At 19:47 on April 7, 2010, Diego Martín said…
¿Y tú crees que se podrían tocar con el mandolino (por cuartas)?
Por cierto, en el manuscrito deManuel Álvarez aparece una numeración de +7, +8, +9, +10... etc. Son como marcas de ensayo. Lo curioso es que comienza desde el 7. ¿Puede ser que le falten hojas al manuscrito? Un saludo desde Salamanca
At 9:52 on April 3, 2010, Diego Martín said…
Hola Juan Pablo ¿Te llegó bien la jácara?
At 13:42 on March 25, 2010, Diego Martín said…
P.D. El manuscrito Skene de mandor está escrito en notación francesa. Pero no sólo he visto una transcripción del mismo.
El cifrado ha sido muy usado en la bandurria, incluso hoy en día lo manejan muchos aficionados. (música en cifra).
 
 
 

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