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The great Brazilian composer-guitarist Sérgio Assad headlines our Special Focus section dedicated to “Composers on Composing.” More in that section: guitar composers Andrew York, Jorge Morel, Dušan Bogdanovix, Stephen Goss, and Gerard Drozd talk about their craft; Goss, Javier Farias, and Jürgen Kindle discuss writing commissioned pieces, publishing, and other practical matters; and Mark Houghton offers tips on writing for guitar ensembles. In this issue we also look at the exciting young guitarist Sabrina Vlaskalic; Andrés Segovia’s legacy 30 years after his death; the historic 1956 premiere of Villa-Lobos’ Concerto for Guitar (played by Segovia); a “Method” article on Aguado’s Estudio No. 16; reviews of recordings by Fabio Zanon, Emanuele Segre, ChromaDuo, and more; sheet music from Maximo Diego Pujol, Ignacio Cervantes, Frederic Hand, and others; Eastman’s entry into the classical guitar market; and a new DVD featuring Lalo Schifrin’s ‘Amistad’ concerto, performed by Angel Romero and the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra.
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