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Concerto Brilliante by Rex Willis (3 Excerpts)

Recent Performances
Concert #1, in Charlotte:

The concert took place January, 23, 2005 at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center.

Watch Thomas perform Rodrigo's Concierto d'Aranjuez (Quicktime needed)

This concerto is the most famous guitar concerto by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999). Rodrigo wrote several other concertos for solo, two, and even four guitars and orchestra. There is a third movement to this concerto, which was omitted for this performance on the request of the conductor. The performance was a sold out performance with 900 guests attending. It was an all Spanish evening program with music by Manuel de Falla, Joaquin Turina, Ernesto Halfter and Joaquin Rodrigo.

Concert #2:

Here is Thomas performing Adios Muchacho by Julio Cesar Sanders at the State College of Florida Music Faculty Recital on Tuesday, Februray 8, 2011:

Concert #3:

Thomas performs Melgré Tout by Manuel-Maria Ponce at the SCF Music Faculty Recital on Tuesday, Februray 8, 2011:

Concert #4:

Concierto no. 1 op.99 for guitar and orchestra by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1895-1968) -- Thomas Koch, soloist. Concert is in two parts:

This concert with with the Sarasota Pops Orchestra took place April 15, 2007 at the the Church of the Palms in Sarasota, Florida. Special Thank You to Jennifer A.K. and her “tiny little” camera.

About the piece and the composer:

In 1932, Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco first met the Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. A few years later Castelnuovo-Tedesco had finished composing his Guitar Concerto no. 1, which was premiered by Segovia.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco was a prolific composer, although much of his music remained unpublished during his lifetime. He wrote for nearly every performing medium, including opera, ballet and film; he also composed orchestral, choral, chamber, vocal and piano works. A long association with guitarist Andrés Segovia inspired Castelnuovo-Tedesco to continue writing a significant number of works for guitar.

In 1939, because of the unstable political situation in Italy, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and his family emigrated to the United States with the assistance of both Heifetz and Toscanini. Like so many other European immigrants of his era, Castelnuovo-Tedesco composed music for films ("Gaslight" and "Ten Little Indians") and was well regarded as a teacher by other film music composers such as André Previn and John Williams. He eventually settled in Beverly Hills, where he died in 1968.
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