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The uniqueness and importance of this project cannot be overestimated. The vast legions of classical guitar music fans and scholars - especially all students of the music of Sor - should be lining up outside John Doan's door to thank him! A thirty-year goal of music professor Doan was realized when he finally succeeded in tracking down and restoring a playable instrument from c.1830. He was already familiar with the score, having analyzed it for nearly three decades (it was John who provided the first accurate string pitch information for the listing on Harpguitars.net). The third ingredient necessary to accomplish the project was that John was conveniently the best-suited musician - a "normal" 6-string classical guitarist might have found it extremely difficult to play the three banks of strings. Who better suited than the only performer alive who was first classically trained and then perfected the modern steel-string, sub-bass and super-treble-fitted, 20-string harp guitar!
From the Artist's web site: Sor, known as "The Father of the Classical Guitar", wrote this very lyric and disarmingly beautiful music in 1830 for a three necked, 21 string guitar called the harpolyre. It has gone unplayed until now and I am hoping that you would like to be involved in the discovery of this exciting music. With this recording I hope to give attention to an important forerunner of the harp guitar and to bring back to life some incredible music that went beyond six strings long ago.
DVDs by Stephen Bennett, John Doan, Muriel Anderson, Andy McKee,
Stacy Hobbs, Tom Shinness, Dan LaVoie, James Kline, Larry
Berwald, Bill Dutcher, Gregg Miner, Pasquale Taraffo
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