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Historical Harp Guitar music is typically played on completely different instruments than those used for contemporary music.  Rather than the steel-string, hollow-arm American instruments (for which virtually no written or recorded historical music exists), nylon-string "period" instruments are used.  These instruments are typically similar to and often the actual rare instruments used originally to play the vast amount of European music written for them.  They are visually and musically closer to a standard guitar, with sometimes as few as just one floating bass "harp" string.  The music ranges from transcriptions of Bach and lute music to the famous "Early Romantic" guitar composer-players to the Italian repertoire and finally to the Strauss-like "Schrammel music," a 120-year-old Viennese tradition that has never fully disappeared.  While Historical music guitarists are many, harp guitarists are still extremely rare - but are starting to come into their own.

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Beppe Gambetta, with Carlo Aonzo: Serenata


The first revival of the passionate repertoire of the Italian string virtuosi of the turn of the 20th century!  Their work turned up what they term the "rediscovery" of a fascinating world in which the musical genre of that era was until now all but forgotten. Turn-of-the-century Italian music for guitar and mandolin comes to life again with Serenata, a very special concert presentation by Gambetta and Aonzo.  More >>> SOLD OUT

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James Kline: Baroque Music

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James was first introduced to the archguitar by the instrument's innovator Peter Blanchette. Seduced by its sweetness of sound and wide range of possibilities, he was immediately "converted". A combination of  lute, 19th century guitar and contemporary design, the 11-string archguitar is ideally suited to the performance of a diverse cross-section of early music.  Works by Sylvius Leopold Weiss (1686-1750); Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750); Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757).   More >>> $14.95
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James Kline: Music of the Lost Cathedral

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At the bottom of Mexico's spectacular Copper Canyon, a mysterious mission watches over the tiny hamlet of Satevo. "The Lost Cathedral" was probably built by Jesuits around 1740. The wonderful acoustics of the cathedral, and the magic of the rugged wilderness setting, inspired James to make a new recording dedicated to this mystical place.  Traditional Mexican dances and folk songs, and works by: Santiago de Murcia (c.1683-?); Manuel M. Ponce (1886-1948); Johan Sebastion Bach (1685-1750).   More >>> $19.95

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James Kline: Renaissance and Celtic Music

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During the Renaissance, a tradition developed among composers and court musicians to use the structure of folk dances and melodies in their own compositions and arrangements. Echoes of the ancient harp, the country dance, the maiden's song, and the bagpipe resound in the works of these composers: John Dowland (1563-1626); Daniel Batchelar (c.1570-c.1610); Henry Purcell (1659-1695); Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738).   More >>> $14.95

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James Kline: Troubadour's Odyssey

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Jim's most modern work includes some more O'Carolan, but focuses on modern music as interpreted on the period-sounding archguitar.   More >>>


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Jon Mendle:

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Newcomer Jon Mendle's stunning debut CD features his own arrangements of Falckenhagen, CPE Bach, and Weiss, on an 11-string archguitar modelled after James Kline's.

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