Classical Holiday - CG 102

Mark Ayers: Classical Guitarist

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 2003)
  • Product Number: CG-102
  • Label: Oak Lake Music/Blue Towel Productions
  • Photography: Fat Boy
  • Design & Art work: Home Grown Digital and Mark Ayers

Listen to Samples

What Child Is This (Green Sleeves) Arr: Francis Cutting
Ballet Elias Mertel  
Pavan 1 Luis Milan
Carol of the Bells Arr: Mark Ayers
The Night Watch Anthony Holborne  
Alman Robert Johnson  
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring J.S. Bach  
Vaghe belleze et bionde treccie d'oro vedi
che per ti moro
Bianco fiore Cesare Negri  
Danza Anon
Gagliarda Anon  
Branle Gay Jean Baptiste Besard  
Se io m'accorga Anon  
Saltarello V. Galileo
White Christmas Arr: Mark Ayers

CD Art

Album Description

Classical Holiday is a collection of solo classical guitar music that celebrates the holiday season. Pieces range from White Christmas to Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

Word from the Artist

Christmas is my favorite time to play Classical Guitar. The instrument has such potential for expressing both the joy and reflection associated with this season.

Renaissance music always brings to my mind and heart the spirit of the holidays. Renaissance pieces on this CD include What Child Is This (Green Sleeves), Ballet, Luis Milan’s Pavan #1, The Night Watch, the German Dance Alman, Vaghe belleze et bionde treccie d’oro vdei che per ti moro, Bianco fiore, Danze, Gagliarda, Branle Gay, Se iom’accorgo and Saltarello. These pieces bring from the past ages the spirit of celebration. Some are lively dances, others are more melancholy. But either way it is such a joy to play them - each and every one.

Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring is one of his best known works. It plays so naturally on the guitar it feels as though Bach composed it with the modern 6 string in mind. A simpler version of this piece was in my “beginning” Classical Guitar method book. From then until now I have always delighted in the natural flow of this piece.

Two “modern” pieces on this CD are Carol Of the Bells and White Christmas. I have taken liberty with Carol of the Bells making parts of it a samba and also including in the arrangement God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen. This is a song that arranged itself - my guitar actually took over the recording session! This is the only piece that has multiple guitars playing at once- overdubbed in the studio. The resulting piece is a lot of fun to listen to and was great fun to play. I hope you enjoy the variation on this well-known Ukrainian Christmas Carol. White Christmas is a standard and another of my favorite songs of Christmas. It sounds beautiful on nylon strings.

I hope this music brings happiness to you and your family during the Holidays.

I’d like to thank everyone for their encouragement in the creation of this CD. We all have inspiration for what we do, intrinsic and extrinsic, some hidden-some obvious. A “Muse” is a source of inspiration especially of the arts and poetry- so I’d like to especially thank my Muse wherever she is. For my music does not come from me but, rather, through me.

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