Acknowledgements I would like to thank my dear teachers, William Kanengiser, Scott Tennant and Brian Head for their limitless support and careful guidance during the past 5 years I spent studying at USC. Saro Babikian, Classical Guitar Final Masters of Music Recital Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 8:00 p.m. Facebook live and YouTube This recital is in partial fulfillment of a Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance. music.usc.edu/students/student-recitals Program 5 Venezuelan Waltzes Antonio Lauro (1917-1986) Sonata n.5 (Brasileira) Guido Santorsola 1. Con caracter energico (1904-1994) 2nd section 3rd section 4th section 3. Ritmo de Batuque Hika: In Memoriam Toru Takamitsu Leo Brouwer (1939-) Danza Del Altiplano Cancion-Triste argentino Un Dia de Noviembre Milonga del Angel Astor Piazzolla arr. Baltazar Benitez (1921-1992) Muerte del Angel arr. Leo Brouwer Fuga sobre tema de Edu Lobo “Zanzibar” Edu Lobo arr. Joao Luiz (1943-) with Pardy Minassian early in his life he played the violin in several orchestras and Program Notes nightclubs to support his family. Later he joined the Italian army during the Second World War. Right after returning to Tonight’s program is a representation of the music of Brazil he signed a contract as a first viola player with the the Latin America featuring a handful of some of the most Symphony Orchestra of the Uruguayan State Broadcasting celebrated composers of the region. Company. Thus, he moved to Montevideo, Uruguay where he spent the rest of his life. Guido’s first guitar composition Antonio Lauro, son of an Italian immigrant who settled in was Concertino N.1 for guitar and chamber orchestra. The Venezuela during the First World War began his musical piece received first prize in a composition competition journey, learning the piano and violin, at a very young age. organized by Uruguay’s National Radio Broadcaster. He Later, he became the pupil of the renowned Venezuelan wrote a dozen guitar sonatas and eight concertos for solo, guitarist and composer Raul Borges. Lauro was a very duo and chamber guitar. Santorsola became passionate nationalistic composer as he dedicated his life to writing about serialism and 12-tone music during his later periods as music that reflects his culture. The folkloric character of his a composer. Famous Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa Lima music can be heard through his use of mixture of ¾ & 6/8 is known for working with him closely on his guitar rhythms, which is known by the term Hemiola. Lauro was compositions. Sonata n.5 (Brasileira) is an example of his also known for dedicating his compositions to his loved serial music. All three movements are based on chromatic ones. For example, the 3rd Venezuelan Waltz in today’s 12-tone rows. The third movement named “Ritmo de program is titled after his daughter’s name Natalia. Batuque” evokes African rhythms combined with Latin American sounds. In addition, he interestingly merges Guido Santorsola, short after his birth in Italy, moved with beautiful melodic lines with chromatic serial units within the his family to Brazil. He spent his youth and early adulthood piece. learning theory, harmony, counterpoint and violin. Very Leo Brouwer is one of the most renowned composers of the elements from jazz and classical music. He mastered the 20th and 21st centuries. He composed hundreds of bandoneon playing which allowed him to become a compositions for solo and ensemble guitar, in addition to successful gigging musician. Later, he studied with Alberto symphonies, concertos, vocal music, string quartets, piano Ginastera. His new and creative ideas gave him the trios and film music. Brouwer is known as a conductor as opportunity to further his studies with world class classical well. He conducted major orchestras such as the Berlin composition teachers such as Nadia Boulanger. Piazzolla Philharmonic. Born to a Cuban musical family in Cuba, broadened the use of bandoneon into larger chamber Brouwer began performing and composing in his early settings such as symphonies. His classical training created teenage years. His first guitar compositions were as early as more opportunities for him. Moreover, he introduced 1955. Brouwer is known for reflecting his culture’s music in extended harmonies and counterpoint to the old tango. For his compositions. Some of his works such as the Dazna Del example, contrapuntal writing appears in Muerte del Angel Altiplano are pure representations of the Cuban folklore. as Piazzolla writes a fugue which is an accompaniment to Hika is written in memory of the great Japanese composer the play Tango del Angel. In addition, as another form of Toru Takemitsu. Brouwer sets a unique tuning to the developing the old tango, more room was given to Baroque composition by bringing the 2nd string half a step down to Bb inspired techniques such as improvisation and passacaglia. and 5th string a whole step down to G. The composition evokes traditional Japanese sounds mixed with Brouwer’s Edu Lobo is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, composer and unique guitar idiomatic figures. guitarist. He gained success during the bossa-nova period. His unique songs and compositions are the product of Astor Piazzolla was an Argentinian composer and virtuoso combining jazz with Brazilian rhythms and harmonies. bandoneon player. He is regarded as the inventor of the new Zanzibar is one of his famous vocal works. He performs the tango “Nuevo tango”, which is characterized by mixed piece in different settings from him singing solo along his guitar accompaniment to larger group settings with guitars, percussion, keyboard and vocals. Brazilian guitarist Joao Luiz made a fugal two guitar arrangement of the song. Luiz added a written out improvisation section for each guitar while the other guitarist plays an ostinato pattern.