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rami alshibli's Master's guitar recital

In this paper, I will discuss the historical context with musical analysis of the form, texture, and the style of each work performed on my master’s recital. The works under consideration are: Lute Suite BWV 996 by Johan Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Gran Sonata Eroica by Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829), un Sueño en la Floresta by Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944), Study no.12 by Heitor Villa Lobos (1887-1959), En Los Trigales and Junto al Generalife by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999), and All in Twilight by Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996). I chose the program to show the contrast and the variety of the classical guitar repertoire, and to demonstrate the instrument’s capacity in terms of tone, style, and expressivity. Moreover, I will discuss in depth the Gran Sonata Eroica by Mauro Giuliani. There are many controversies regarding the work’s authorship, and I will discuss the possibilities of the work’s plagiarism. Through a historical and musical analysis, I will prove the authenticity of the work by showing that the sonata reflects Giuliani’s composition style, since it includes influences by both the First Viennese School – specifically Beethoven- and the Italian bel-canto style in terms of the formal aspect, melodic, and harmonic structure. Also, I will show how Giuliani developed and expanded musical materials from his other works in the sonata which is an answer to the self-plagiarism allegations.

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