HISTORY OF THE MODERN GUITAR SONATA
masterpieces of the solo guitar sonata repertoire from the 20th century to the present
The "Golden Age" of the guitar during the classical/romantic period saw a flourishing of repertoire and increased technical demands on the performer, but the guitar never entered the keyboard-dominated mainstream and failed to attract the pen of the most renowned composers of the age. A difficult instrument to compose for, the guitar remained a niche genre whose composers were mostly accomplished performers themselves.
Not so in the modern period. Here we see another flourishing of interest in the instrument, this time from a wide range of international composers who were not guitarists themselves - many inspired by guitar legend Andrés Segovia. This video series documents the genre of the Sonata - starting with Moreno Torroba (1924) to the most contemporary compositions of the 21st century.