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Graham Wade on Andres Segovia, December 2012

I was browsing through a couple of issues of Classical Guitar Magazine last night and saw a few words from Graham Wade on a comments page from the December 2012 issue. 

Segovia is one of those great guitarists that I’ve tried to love so many times, but I have never been able to enjoy  – my loss – finding his style overly mannered and gratuitous, among other things. As an aside, I suppose that now that I’m used to a different recording aesthetic as well, so often his earlier, better, recordings grate ever so slightly. 

Anyway, despite listening to someone eulogise over his playing nearly always baffling me, in Graham’s reiteration of the obvious there’s a gentle reminder that Segovia will always mean slightly different things to different generations. He died before I was born, and Graham will forever find him more relevant and visionary than I.

What are your thoughts on Segovia – overrated/incomprehensible or the sublime peak of a golden age?

Serenades of the Unicorn

Today, Einojuhani Rautavaara died at 80 years old. His few works for guitar remain woefully underplayed… Let’s solve this.

Apollo Music London

I had an amazing time yesterday visiting two primary schools in North London for Apollo Music Projects. It was pretty rewarding to hear the kids respond with “this is my FAVOURITE BIT!” when they were asked to use their imagination in describing how a piece made them feel. I think that this skill is actually often lacking in professional musicians…

A number of reactions to Bach’s Prelude from the first ‘cello suite: like a breeze; like a river; and some more bizarre ideas…

“It was like this man has decided to jump off a bridge and commit suicide then he realises he’s actually really good at swimming so he swims happily ever after.”

“In the jungle and all the animals are having a party and then there’s a candle on the cake. But the candle goes in the elephant’s eye and the elephant dies. So the rest of the animals go into mourning. For the rest of their lives. And they take a photo and put it on snapchat.”

I love this.

Talking about Brexit on Norddeutscher Rundfunk (North German Broadcasting) earlier today:,brexit176.html

For those who don’t understand German, a translation:

That’s just the nature of democracy. I am of course disappointed about the result, but we must now look ahead and try to make the best of the situation . There is no way back.

Music remains the language beyond words and argument.


David Lang is pretty damn cool. Who knows of truly great solo electric guitar pieces in the classical genre (whatever you might interpret as being)?

Brutally Early Club

I feel like I moved to London, in part, because I there was a single day where I realised that most of my friends had moved South. But, as Ai Weiwei points out, in the larger cities things today, things are decided weeks in advance and it’s difficult to pin people down: I actually don’t see those friends that much more than I did when I was living in Scotland.

Brutally Early is a thing I really like doing, but I wonder how many musicians would be: a) game for it; b) capable…

Who wants to try? I propose the first meeting to be spent planning the arrangement of John Adams’ complete output so far, for electric guitar and tape, with this as our starting point:

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