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The Cambridge companion to the guitar
Coelho, Victor.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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xii, 264 pages : illustrations, 1 map, music ; 25 cm.
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ML1015.G9 C23 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From the first mention in courtly poetry of the thirteenth century to enormous global popularity in the twentieth, the guitar and its development comprises multiple histories, each characterised by distinct styles, playing techniques, repertories and socio-cultural roles. These histories simultaneously span popular and classical styles, contemporary and historical practices, written and unwritten traditions and western and non-western cultures. This is the first book to encompass the breadth and depth of guitar performance, featuring thirteen essays covering different traditions, styles, and instruments, written by some of the most influential players, teachers, and guitar historians in the world. The coverage of the book allows the player to understand both the analogies and differences between guitar traditions, and all styles, from baroque, classical, country, blues, and rock to flamenco, African, Celtic, and instrument making will share the same platform. As musical training is increasingly broadened this comprehensive book will become an indispensable resource.

Table of Contents

Part 1 New Guitar Histories and World Traditions
1 Picking through cultures: a guitaristÆs music historyVictor Anand Coelho
2 Flamenco guitar: history, style, statusPeter Manuel
3 The Celtic guitar: crossing cultural boundaries in the twentieth centuryChris Smith
4 African reinventions of the guitarBanning Eyre
Part 2 Roots and Rock
5 The guitar injazz Graeme Boone
6 A century of bluesguitar Jas Obrecht
7 Rock guitar from the 1950s to the 1970s: the turn to noiseSteve Waksman
8 Rock guitar since 1980: contesting virtuositySteve Waksman
9 The guitar in country musicGordon Ross
Part 3 Baroque and Classical Guitar Today
10 Radical innovations, social revolution, and theBaroque guitar and Craig Russell
11 The revival of the classical guitar in the twentieth centuryDavid Tanenbaum
12 Stradivari and Baroque guitar constructionStewart Pollens
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