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Narciso Yepes (Province of Murcia,Lorca14 november 1927 -Murcia, 3 may 1997) was a Spanish classical guitarist, regarded as one of the leading 20th-century performers of classical guitar music in the world.


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Yepes was a master of the classical guitar. He started at the age of thirteen years with his training at the Conservatory of Valencia, where he harmony, composition, and ' action ' studied.

In december 1947, he made his debut in Madrid with the Concierto de Aranjuez (of the blind composer Joaquín Rodrigo), under the conducting of conductor Ataúlfo Argenta. The overwhelming success and critical reviews of this performance made him known to the general public.

In 1952 he edited a traditional song for the guitar: Romance d'Anonyme. This music was used in the movie Juegos prohibidos (Prohibitedforbidden games (Jeux interdits) -Play-by Director René Clément (1952). Thiscanción para la guitarra (song for the guitar) belongs nowadays to the classic standards of every guitarist. Yepes also performed other pieces out for this movie. Later he composed the film music ' La Fille aux Yeux d'Or (1961) and ' La viuda del capitán Estrada ' (1991). He resigned in 1967 on as a musician in the film 'El amor brujo'.

Narciso Yepes married in 1958 with Marysia Szumlakowska [1], a young Polish philosophy student. They had three children: Juan de la Cruz (deceased in a traffic accident), Ignacio Yepes (flutist and conductor), and Ana Yepes (choreographer and ballerina).

[1][2]Range of Yepes ' 10-string guitar

In 1964, Yepes performed the Concierto de Aranjuez with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with the premiere of the ten-string guitar, invented by him in cooperation with the well known (flamenco) luthier José Ramírez III [1Are discontent about the imbalance in the balance of the six-string guitar sound at certain natural harmonies was the reason to design such a guitar. The instrument made it possible to originally Baroque music pieces for the lute without transposition of the bass notes. The main reason to design this instrument was the addition of extra strings, serving as Resonators, which C, A #, G #, F # were voted. As a result, this was the first trulychromatic guitar, similar to the piano with its resonance/pedal mechanism.

Yepes ten-string guitar are used after 1964-also called exclusive décacorde called during during his many performances (130 per year) with the most important orchestras around the world.

In addition to his work as a musician, Yepes was an important scholar, who with his research in forgotten 16th-and 17th-century manuscripts a wealth of music for guitar and lute found abandoned. He was also the first that the complete works of Bach on took up a historic Baroque lute . During his patient study on this instrument developed a revolutionary technique Narciso Yepes and discovered many new opportunities in the use of the lute.

Yepes received many official honors and prices [2].

In the 1980s, Yepes formed Trio Yepes with his son Ignacio it on flute and recorder, his daughter Ana dancing on her own choreography.

Narciso Yepes performed less and less since 1993 due to a worsening health. He gave his last concert on 1 March 1996 in Santander, after which he in 1997 to lymph node cancer in Murcia died.


Guitar with Orchestra[Edit][]

  1. Salvador Bacarisse: "Concertino para guitarra y orquesta en la menor". Ernesto Halffter: "Concierto para guitarra y orquesta". With the Orquesta sinfónica de RTVE 1980, conductor Odón Alonso.
  2. Mauricio Ohana: "Tres gráficos".
  3. A. Ruiz Pipó: "Tablas".
  4. With the London Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
  5. "Concierto de Aranjuez Joaquín Rodrigo: Fantasía para un Gentilhombre" y "". With the Orquesta sinfónica de RTVE, Odón Alonso.
  6. Manuel Palau: Concierto levantino ". With the Orquesta nacional, Odón Alonso.
  7. Antonio Vivaldi: "Concierto and RE mayor"; Manuel Palau: Concierto levantino ". With the Orquesta nacional, Odón Alonso.
  8. Antonio Vivaldi: "Conciertos para guitarra y mandolinas, laud", the Paul Kuentz Chamber Orchestra with conductor.
  9. Leonardo BaladaPersistèncias , Sinfonia Concertante para guitarra y Orquesta, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jesús López-Cobos.

Solo Guitar[Edit][]

  1. Cinco siglos de guitarra:
    1. L. de Milan: "Seis pavanas".
    2. L. de Narváez: "Canción del emperador y diferencias".
    3. Diego Pisador: "Pavana y Villanesca".
    4. G. Sanz: "Suite española".
    5. Antonio Soler: "Dos Sonatas".
    6. Isaac Albéniz: "Malagueña".
    7. Fault: "Homenaje a Debussy".
    8. Ernesto Halffter: "Madrigal".
    9. Federico Moreno Torroba: "Madroños".
    10. Xavier Montsalvatge: "Habanera".
    11. Ohana: "Tiento".
  2. Fernando Sor: "24 estudios".
  3. H. Villa-Lobos: "12 estudios y 5 preludios"
  4. J. s. Bach: "Preludio", "Chacona and RE menor", "Zarabanda y Doble"; S.L.Weiss: "Fantasía en MI menor y Suite en MI mayor".
  5. Música iberoamericana:
    1. H. Ayala: "Suite".
    2. Bacarisse: "Suite".
    3. Poulenc: Zarabanda.
    4. Asencio: "Homenajes".
    5. Gombau: "Tres piezas de la Belle Époque".