Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Music

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

As part of my personal holiday traditions, I have arranged for guitar a piece from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. This was taken from studying the score and reducing it, in a rather idiosyncratic way, to piano and, then, to guitar from this reduction. Unfortunately, I had all sorts of … Continue reading

Samuel Barber’s Adagio
Art / Music

Samuel Barber’s Adagio

Among the greatest works of sophisticated music, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings ranks among the prized gems of human creation. Intensely moving, surprisingly ordered and logical, this work of art reaches beyond ordinary entertainment or intellectual satisfaction to a deep emotional level. Rather than simply relate the history and facts about the Adagio, I will … Continue reading