I'd like to ask, the first track of this album, what is the original artist and title of that song?
Thanks a lot if anyone can help! =)
Richard posted on Saturday, 15 July, 2006 - 01:43 pm
Ermm.... Do you not have a track listing? I assume you actually own a copy of the CD? Or at the very least, you could've found it on this very site's discography?
"Romance" (AKA "Romance d'amour", AKA "Romanza", AKA "Jeux interdits") has disputed authorship; it is usually attributed as an old Spanish folk tune.
It came to significant prominence in 1952 when the piece was used on the soundtrack of a French film called Jeux interdits ("Forbidden Games"), played by Narciso Yepes, from which it got its alternative name.
A lot of people somehow got the wrong end of the stick and attributed authorhip to Yepes, which he never claimed (his only claim is his arrangement, which is the one most people play). I remember reading something somwehere a while ago that research into Yepes's sources hinted that authorship could in fact be attributed to Fernando Sor, one of the great composers for classical guitar, but that has not been proved beyond debate.
It's one of the staples of the acoustic guitar repertoire and, along with Cavatina, is one of the standards of all buskers.
John Williams has played it pretty much all his life, often as an encore piece at solo recitals, usually followed by Cavatina.
A "jazzed-up" version was recorded on the Travelling album in 1978, and although it's played "straight" on the "Romance of the Guitar" compilation, he's never recorded it as a solo piece.
I asked him about that once, and he gave me a baffled look, shrugged his shoulders and said "Don't you think it sounds just a bit boring as a solo piece, just like Cavatina?".
icy posted on Sunday, 16 July, 2006 - 06:38 pm
I own the album of course.
I actually heard a version of an electric guitar, played by Akira(from the band Loudness. He taps on the guitar, producing a tune sounded like this song played by John Williams.
So i went around in search of the tab but i couldn't find it, i thought i should learn what is the original title and artist itself so i could thereby post a thread in my local music website and ask about the tab.
If you can help me, gladly thanks.
Tim posted on Sunday, 16 July, 2006 - 11:08 pm
You'll find a tab for the basic guitar solo on www.classtab.org in the section for composers "?"
For copyright reasons very few people say they play Yepes's arrangement (which originally included a tremolo section I think).
Richard posted on Monday, 17 July, 2006 - 02:02 am
I don't recall Yepes ever including a tremolo section, but I may be mistaken. I should have a copy of it lying around somewhere (on LP) so I must try to dig it out.
My recollection from the article I once read (which included the disputed Sor authorship) was that his arrangement consisted of changing the running order of some of the sections - hence my comment that this is the arrangement most people know.
It's one of Yepes's core pieces (like JW with Cavatina, for what it's worth) and I know he's recorded it more than once. I'll have to try to find it at the library.
(P.S. I had no chance to continue "operation catchup" today - hopefully some time during the week!)
icy posted on Monday, 17 July, 2006 - 03:17 am
Don't really get what you guys were discussing about..
Maybe i try to upload the song, you guys can have a listen at it.. and hopefully it helps..