On Monday December 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm the Department of Performance Studies at the University of ATM preformed about four different pieces for each student. The program included these pieces Douze Etude Pour Guitare: Etude No.1 in E Minor and Etude No.2 A Major, Cuartas Lecciones Para Guitarra: Etude 13, Suite Espanola OP. 47: Asturias. It also included le Rossignal, Romanza, Pavana No.1, Yesterday and Tico- Tico No Fuba. It was directed by Dr. Issac Bustos and the two preforming soloist are Ross Phillips and Manuel Rodriguez. Although I was impressed by the talent of the students whole concert, the last half left a bigger impression on me. This report will be mostly based on the second half because plenty of pieces were played in the first half.
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After that piece Phillips played Etude 13 by Julio Sagreras. The melody of this piece is at a rather slow pace, sounding like a lullaby. It had a very beautiful and slow texture to it. The audience seemed to be really moved by this piece. Also after that piece Suite Espanola Op. 47: Asturias by Issac Albeniz, this piece was very beautiful and one of my favorites from that night. The melody was very peaceful and soothing the pace was at an average level and just fit perfectly.
Once Phillips was finished the next performer was Manuel Rodrigues his first performance was Le Rossignol and Romanza. The piece Romanza has a very beautiful melody. you can really grasp that the melody is fit with love and has a slow pace tempo to go with the sound. The piece that followed Romanza was Pavana No.1 by Luis Milan. The piece Pavana is very lovely its slow pace gives it more of a different dynamic to the melody.
Rodriguez second to last performance was Yesterday by Lennon McCartney. This piece is one of my favorites before the concert. The piece has a very beautiful melody and is very rhythmic. It was preformed very well by the student and the audience seemed to enjoy the melody. This piece also reminds me of Romanza because it gives out a melody about ones passed love.
Attending this concert made me more aware of the diversity of style and compositional techniques on the guitar. I particularly enjoyed the performance, it managed to create some interesting effects. put simply, the music was lovely, and it speaks directly to the audience. Much of the success of this music lay in the faithful rendering of the performance. A&M’s Department of Performance Studies put on quite an amazing show and the student played quite well in this performance.