New and rare music for the guitar
New and rare music for the guitar
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Marais, Marin

Marin Marais, painting of the composer with his viola da gamba.Marin Marais (1656-1728), French composer and musician, for most of his career employed as a court musician in Paris, today mostly associated with the viola da gamba. Marais is acknowledged as the prime exponent of the high art of this, his chosen instrument, and left, in addition to music in many genres, five books containing about 550 pieces of solo and chamber music for it. With similarities in the number of strings and tuning, the viola da gamba has more in common with the guitar (and lute) than most other instruments that guitarists borrow repertory from. Particularly pieces where the gamba is treated as a chordal instrument, a few of them even attempting to copy the playing style of lutenists, are very suitable for the guitar. Like in Marais’ original collections, the present 15 pieces for guitar have been organized in “suites” by tonality, not necessarily to be preformed as such. However, despite that the pieces here are not presented in the original order, an attempt has been made to group them with concern to theme and variation in expression. For instance, the titles of those in A/a are suggesting a village scene, but how the evocative titles and the music connects, is not always obvious.