An insight into guitar in Colyton

PUBLISHED: 16:42 25 November 2010

Andrew Booth.

Andrew Booth.


“Concerts for Colyton”, on Saturday in St Andrew’s Church, provided a prize-winning guitarist in Andrew Booth, very talented technically and musically and with a good rapport with the audience.

In Dances from Terpsichore, by the German composer Michael Praetorius, we had lovely, clean playing, and several reminders of the English style of roughly the same period in the late 16th Century.

Bach’s A minor cello suite followed, in a transcription 12 for guitar. Here, the rhythms came out refreshingly clearly, without the delays in the slow cross-string playing that the cellists have to use to make their chords.

The thick chords of the Villa-Lobos Prelude No 1 gave us a new colour of sound, and pieces by Albeniz and the Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi completed the first half.

Collectivi Intim, by Spanish composer Vicente Asencio, who taught in Valencia for many years, made a very effective group, including a stately dance, a habanera-like piece, and some very reflective chord sequences.

Verano Porteno, by Astor Piazzolla, Argentine-born, with 1,000 compositions to his credit, showed us why this composer earned his place as one of the most influential writers for guitar. Its most attractive “tango” quality came over splendidly.

The witty arrangement of Cole Porter’s I love Paris and a Brazilian-style piece by Paulo Bellinati ended the programme, which had given us real insight into many differing styles of guitar-writing, and had shown the accomplishments of Andrew Booth in such a varied programme.

The next concert will be on Saturday, March 12, 2011, when the very popular Wells Cathedral School Choir will pay another return visit.



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