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El Certámen de Jaén (arranged for two banjos and one cello-banjo)

Posted by Mike Moss, written by Lorenzo Suárez

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Size: 6,529kb, uploaded 5/9/2013 8:40:51 AM
Genre: Traditional / Playing Style: Classic

So I was researching on early fretted instrument ensemble traditions in the late 19th century and I stumbled upon this little gem. This obscure piece of music, written as a piano reduction to be arranged for ensembles (presumably marching bands) is a delightful march in the Spanish style written by a music teacher and businessman who worked in Jaén, Spain, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The title seems to indicate that he organised some sort of musical pageant or contest in his hometown, though I have not found any further information on this subject. He was apparently a representative of Heinrich Zimmermann of Leipzig, one of the foremost German musical instrument makers at the time. When I saw the score I felt it would make a great ensemble piece for banjos, so I arranged it for one first banjo, one second banjo and one cello banjo. The piece is surprisingly effective, with a nice exotic sound, and my arrangement only requires knowledge of a few easy chords in the keys of G and C. I would like to dedicate this performance and arrangement to the under-appreciated banjo legend, Alan V. Middleton, and to his Spanish alter-ego "Alonso Medio", the pen name under which he published a number of books and music for the guitar. This style of playing is known as Classic style banjo. For more information visit: http://classic-banjo.ning.com/



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