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"David Tanenbaum"


Vision Music presents, for your learning pleasure...

Essential Studies

by David Tanenbaum


David Tanenbaum...

One of the world's leading classical guitarists, David Tanenbaum is also the chairman of the guitar department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Essential Studies" is a chapter from one of three volumes authored by Mr. Tanenbaum, serving as an analysis for the classic "Estudio 5" by Fernando Sor.


About the Lesson...

Essential Studies opens with a discussion and analysis of one of the most popular of the famous Fernando Sor Studies, typically associated with the legendary collection by Andres Segovia. Besides taking this online "master class" with a virtuoso guitarist, you'll be invited to learn the composition in its entirety. Enjoy!


 The Essential Studies

Fernando Sor - Matteo Carcassi - Leo Brouwer


David Tanenbaum


Essential Endorsements...

"...a milestone. ...should become part of our instrument's heritage... Tanenbaum uses musical technique everywhere. He's got the prowess in abundance, and knows when and how to use it. This intelligence pervades the whole recording. ...if his performance doesn't make you want to play these then surely nothing will." - Chris Kilvington (Classical Guitar Magazine)

"Each stunning new release takes Tanenbaum one step further in establishing himself as the premiere guitarist of his generation. guitarist will want to be without it, such is the valuable and prodigious job Tanenbaum has done. Tanenbaum gives back to the etudes a dignity only found elsewhere in Segovia... Tanenbaum has set a new standard for the interpretation of these works. He finds a balance that's both emotionally and intellectually rewarding. Few guitarists ever garner my complete, undying respect. Mr. Tanenbaum has earned it." - Ellis (American Record Guide)

"Tanenbaum undertakes a formidable workload of 65 studies, ...yielding 108 minutes of some of the best recorded classical guitar ever. Though the mere words "studies" evokes the image of laborious, dull works as the metronome ticks away, Tanenbaum crushes that misconception, delivering the progression of etudes in a virtually flawless, entertaining fashion. ...all performed with great precision. In all, this collection is incredible." - Tom Mulhern (Guitar Player Magazine)


Joe Giglio on David Tanenbaum...

"David Tanenbaum has accomplished what every musician strives for, and few achieve; he has become the music. I have heard David play a hundred times, and I look forward with great anticipation to the hundred and first!" - Joe Giglio (2001)



About the Artist...

David Tanenbaum is one of the most sought after and highly esteemed guitarists of his generation. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the former Soviet Union and Asia, and in 1988 he became the first American guitarist to be invited to perform in China by the Chinese government. He has been guest soloist with, among others, the London Sinfonietta, the San Francisco Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Oakland Symphony and Vienna's ORF orchestra. David Tanenbaum has been a featured soloist at many international festivals, including those of Bath, Luzern, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Vienna as well as numerous guitar festivals in four continents. In 1989, as President of the Second American Classical Guitar Congress, he commissioned five new works, including Rosewood by Henry Brant for 100 guitars. He subsequently conducted Rosewood in performances that included guitarists of all ages on Finnish television, and in San Francisco, Darwin, Australia, as well as Frankfurt and Iserlohn, Germany.

While his repertoire encompasses diverse styles, David Tanenbaum is recognized as one of today's most eloquent proponents of new guitar repertoire. Among the dozens of works written for him is Hans Werner Henze's guitar concerto An Eine Äolsharfe, which he premiered throughout Europe and recorded with the composer conducting, Terry Riley's first guitar piece, Ascención, three works by Aaron Jay Kernis, two works by Roberto Sierra, a suite by John Anthony Lennon and a series of pieces by his father, Elias Tanenbaum. He has toured extensively with Steve Reich and Musicians, was invited to Japan in 1991 by Toru Takemitsu, and has had a long association with the Ensemble Modern of Germany. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with, among others, the Kronos, Shanghai, Alexander and Chester String Quartets, Ida and Ani Kavafian,dancer Tandy Beal and guitarist Manuel Barrueco. He recently appeared on a John Williams and Friends concert of the complete guitar music of Peter Sculthorpe in Australia.

David Tanenbaum's recordings, which reflect his broad repertoire interests, can be found on New Albion, EMI, Ars Musici, Rhino, GSP, Audiofon, Green Linnett and Innova Digital Archive. His Estudios recording is the best seller on the GSP label, and his El Porteño CD of the music of Astor Piazzolla is one of the best sellers on the New Albion label. His CD Acoustic Counterpoint was picked by the San Francisco Examiner as one of the 25 most important CD's of the music of the last 25 years. In October, 1999 he recorded the guitar solo in John Adam's Naive and Sentimental Music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Nonesuch.

David Tanenbaum is currently Chairman of the Guitar Department at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received the 1995 Outstanding Professor Award, and he has been on the faculty of Mills College as well as Artist-In-Residence at the Manhattan School of Music. His students have won major guitar competitions, such as GFA and Portland, and numerous former students hold university positions internationally. He has produced many editions of guitar music, including the David Tanenbaum Concert Series for Guitar Solo Publications. He has also written a series of three books, The Essential Studies, which analyze the etudes of Sor, Carcassi and Brouwer and compliment his recordings of those works on GSP.


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