New album presentation: "The Guitar Etudes" by Dimitris Kotronakis (guitarist) and Apostolos Paraskevas (composer)
Sun, April 11, 2021 8:30 PM, EEST
Dimitris Kotronakis (guitarist) and Apostolos Paraskevas (composer), together with Tasos Tsimpoukidis (audio engineer) will present their new Album entitled "The Guitar Etudes", released in January 2021, by Silver Sickle Publications. This will be the first world presentation of the album, which contains 24 studies for classical guitar, written by the distinguished professor Apostolos Paraskevas. Although it is a set of pieces that share the same aesthetics, each one of the 24 studies has its own personality and texture, with a gradual increase of performer’s technical demands.
In this presentation, Dimitris Kotronakis will play 15 studies, in two sets. Just before the first set, Professor Costas Tsougras (School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki - Greece) will make a short announcement. Accordingly, before the second set, guitarist and musicologist Yiannis Andronoglou (Teaching Fellow at the University of West Macedonia - Greece) will also make a short announcement.
Program notes by the Composer, Apostolos Paraskevas (Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music)
"The subject of creating an educational aid for guitar students of an intermediate level that will serve also as a similar aid for theory and composition students fascinates me and motivates my compositional thought for quite a while. The objective was to create miniature complete works for the guitar, as J. S. Bach did with his fifteen inventions, in the “manner” of an Étude that deals with specific aspects of guitar techniques and musicianship in general.
These 24 Études are gradually graded based on their difficulty and style. They cover all the positions of the guitar and explore known and some unfamiliar techniques for the contemporary guitarist.
I used a compositional language more familiar for the level of the intermediate guitarist but without sacrificing my original compositional voice so these pieces could be used as concert works by the advanced musicians as well. My intention is to educate students in a multilevel study environment and to be able to promote the music of our time. During my teaching years I found that students become better musicians when they have been taught to adapt certain performance difficulties and compositional techniques at an earlier level of their training."
First set of studies:
1. With False Optimism
16. Without Hesitation
3. With just the Two of You
19. Without Fear of Failure
7. With a Touch of Shame
8. With a Touch of Boredom
10. With a Peaceful Anger
20. With This and That
Second set of studies:
4. With a Touch of Impatience
21. With a Kind Motion
13. Without Sense of Humor
17. With Shameless Vibrato
18. With a Touch of Distress
23. With Suspense
24. With Everything You May Have