Prelude no. 1 by Villa-Lobos

 

Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer of more than 2,000 works. He dedicated his five Preludes, composed in 1940, to Arminda Neves dÁlmeida, his companion for the last 23 years of his life.

Irene Gomez is a pioneer of the classical guitar in her homeland, Colombia. Here she plays the lyrical Prelude No. 1 in E minor.

Alexey Zimakov plays Troika Variations

Sheet music and guitar

From time to time I will be posting video clips of great classical guitar pieces.

This is the Russian virtuoso Alexey Zimakov playing the intimidatingly difficult Troika Variations. Don’t you just love his footstool?!

In December 2012 Alexey fell asleep outside his apartment block in Tomsk, Siberia in -44C  weather conditions. His fur-lined coat kept him warm but when he awoke in the morning all his fingers had severe frostbite. The surgeon there had to remove all eight fingers! What a tragedy! What a player!