Program Notes from Stanley Lachmansingh:

A modest interpretation of great music by the masters played on a classical guitar mostly as solos and (thanks to the software used) duets. The recordings were done at home using the computer and an audio interface connecting guitar to computer.

The idea has been to create a view from home concert during this Covid 19 pandemic. Produced for family and friends please share the URL https://youtu.be/LpISRxc0Vf4 with other family and friends and above all stay safe.

The selection is as follows:
1. Barcarolle – Offembach
2. Humoresque – Dvorak
3. La Paloma – Yerdier
4. Deutschlandlied – Hyden
5. Serenade – Toselli
6. New Irish Tune – Purcell
7. Thene from Limelight – Charles (Charley) Chaplin
8. Exercise for Guitar OP35 #17 – Fernando Sor
9. Prelude OP28 #7 – Chopin
10. Lagrima – Fernando Sor
11. Berceuse de Joyclyn – Godard
12. Serenade – Schubert
13. Intermezzo – Cavalliera Rusticana – Mascagno
14. Exerpts from Mvmt 1&2 – New World Symphony – Dvorak
15. From Sherazade – Rimsky Korsakov
16. From Carmen – Bizet
17. Merry Widow Waltz – Lehar
18. Minuet in G (played in A) – Beethoven
19. Lullaby – Bhrams

The selection includes Barcarolle and Humoresque played as a child of 8 standing on a chair to see 78 records in the Victrola spinning, along with “His Masters Voice” logo.

La Paloma was the first attempt to play a guitar instrumental as teenagers.
Compliments of Radio Demerara and Ayube Mohammed, Sarah Vaughn’s songs “My Tormented Heart” and ” I’ll be loving you eternally” became well known. The songs were based respectively on Serenade by Enrico Toselli and the theme from Limelight composed by Charlie Chaplin.

Hymns were sung with gusto during general assembly as students of Queens College and a favourite was “Glorious things of thee are spoken”. The music was from Deutschlandlied by Hyden. It has since become the national anthem of Germany.

In my first year at UWI, St. Augustine, an old school mate Wilfred (Lil) Ali came to my room wanting to learn how to play the guitar. The Guitar exercise by Sor reminds me of him. He became an accomplished concert guitarist in just three years.

Bercueuse de Joyclyn brings back memories of studying along with my dear friend Willis Harnanan for our final exams at UWI. Sung by Gigli, it was played repeatedly and as a lullaby, it must have had a calming effect during those tense times as final exams approached.

Mention must be made of “Going Home” heard when I was twenty and sung by Paul Robeson…a spiritual that was a key addition to Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

Apart from Lagrima, the Exercise for guitar by Fernando Sor and the one minute Prelude by Chopin, the arrangements are contrived. A bit slow one might say for the most part. But perhaps beautiful music like good wines should not be rushed.

Stanley Lachmansingh