I am working on composing of articulation etudes for guitar based on

Rachmaninoff's style in Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini in order to
explore the reflections of composer's musical intentions on a guitaristic
perspective. To do so, I will use the method of transcription as a medium of
database construction for forthcoming etudes and arrange all parts of the
piece that are technically possible to play on guitar. Thus, we can gain
better insight on functions and applications of articulation techniques on
modern classical guitar playing and leave physical outcome for further
In order to actualize the study, three questions have to be asked for
establishment of the sections.
First question would be the reason of this study. There are marvelous
etudes written in the last hundred years such as Etudes Simples by Leo
Brouwer or Twelve Etudes by Heitor Villa-Lobos, which challenged
guitarists in both articulation, dinamics and technique and become
standards along many other etudes. On the other hand, several brave
guitarists committed themselves to arrange certain seemingly impossible
pieces in classical music history to classical guitar, such as Eliot Fisk on all
Caprices by Paganini (Eliot Fisk. (1993). Paganini: 24 Caprices arranged for
Guitar [CD]. Music Masters Classics. (1993)), Remi Boucher on Concierto
de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo (GuitarVideoTraders. (2010, 22 May) Remi
Boucher plays the "Concierto de Aranjuez" as a solo 1/3 from Saltillo,
Mexico [Video File]), and especially Kazuhito Yamashita on Pictures at an
Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky or New World Symphony by Antonin
Dvorak (Kazuhito Yamashita. 'Symphony No. 9: From the New World / The
Firebird: Suite'. RCA Victor, 1989. CD) and so on, and despite their
thorough explanations about the innovative techniques or expressions in
the works, we have yet to find exercises that take other guitarists
gradually to the exact level of articulation they intended. While most of
those arrangements couldn't find their way to concert programmes of
guitarists, every single one of them are glittering their maker's ardor on
exploring or exhibiting new expressions. And we have the possibility of

For classical guitar. instead. and the process by which genetic information on a strand of DNA is used to synthesize a strand of complementary RNA" (transcription. which will lead us to the establishment of the etudes. Although the method of transcription in this study appears to be arrangement of a piece of music to another instrument. then the resulting music gets prepared for the performance such as ornamentation or orchestration. would be the use of transcription. is generally used as a single operation and it finishes when the process is complete. we can see detailed studies on articulation for violin. Technique level of the instruments tend to develop in their historical timelines as musicians continuously trying to advance in their skills and we can see this on every instrument. flute. however. In this long term progression. which have been developing for many centuries. just like RNA serves to compose certain proteins in genetics. through) and scribere (to write). It is observable that notion of transcription or arrangement in music. clarinet and the like.(beyond. Among other classical music instruments. a recording made especially for broadcasting in radio and television. The word transcription originally means copy. classical guitar is considerably a young instrument having approximately three centuries of background. coming from Latin trans. they will be main subject of this study of articulation. third topic to discuss should be directed to the reason of making a study on classical guitar articulation. A further concept to be explained. disregarding of form changes in its physical structure. It also means "the arrangement of a musical composition for a medium other than that for which it was originally written. studies on articulation are mostly from classical era and don't tend to get deep into . as the second question.com Unabridged).carrying their aspiration with a productive and systematic study in a similar manner. piano. (n.) Dictionary. it functions as separation of the necessary information from the template to be used in synthesis of the compositions of the etudes for modern guitar technique.d. The resulting arrangements will not be used as concert repertoire. Finally.

e. Patrick." (Piggot. deny the originality of its conception or its brilliantly successful execution. despite where the string is dumped affects the color of the staccato. For example. constitute a convenient base to build a study on articulation. I believe. staccato technique is already delved into for violin i. portato. one of the most well-known and greatest composers of the twentieth century and Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. spiccato or ricochet and even combination of them. its scoring is a triumph of skill. martellato. in honesty. "Its form is admirably planned. which can anyhow function variously in different phrasings and thus deserve to be emphasized more in the field of guitarism. The rhapsodic richness and its mergence with variative style of two contrastive themes in the composer's flexible hands and mind. And for guitar. 1978). charm. London: Faber and Faber Ltd. is the cumulative outcome of his life in composition with all the experience he gained on piano. and its solo part as rewarding to play as to hear. staccatissimo or portato. Rachmaninoff is. without a doubt.. and an unfailing rhythmic excitement. Rachmaninov. . Even people who dislike Rachmaninoff’s music in general are known to admire this work: they cannot. there is only restricted variety of the technique like regular staccato.specific techniques. his last work including piano. added to which it has wit. more than a dash of romance.

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