'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Monday, February 05, 2007

The History of the Guitar with Robin Hill

Robin has been over at Leeds University again today. He was asked to go and help during a lecture on the history of the guitar. After the success of last week's concert he thought it safe to return.
The lecture was open to all the non-music students, and was well attended.
One of the lecturers gave a talk and Robin punctuated it with pieces of music from the relevant period.
He started with a couple of Renaissance Lute pieces, moved onto Baroque with a 'Bach Prelude', Classical period with 'Mozart Variations', 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' - Tarrega for Romantic, and for the 20th century, Villa Lobos 'Choros No 1' and 'Xodo da Baiana' - Dilermando Reis.
For a sample of Spanish music and to demonstrate the flamenco style Robin played 'Rumores de la Caleta' - Albeniz.
Throughout the whole event Robin talked about the various pieces and techniques he uses and also the guitar he was playing. Today he played his Miguel Rodriguez Churchdoor which is a beautiful instrument, literally made from a churchdoor, with spectacular Brazilian rosewood.
Just when he thought he had finished one of the students asked him to play one of his own pieces, so he threw in 'Eternal Dance.'
A good days work.

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