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Antigoni Goni - Solo Guitar
Placitas Artists Series
Audio Presentation for Sunday, May 24, 2020
From A Live PAS Performance on October 22, 2017
Presented with Permission of the Artist
We are proud to present award-winning Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni’s performance today. The program
features music by composers, many accomplished guitarists themselves, representing a very global
presence relating to their births. All seem to be influenced by Greek folk music and history to create a
guitar repertoire featuring Greek inspired motifs. Goni is the perfect interpreter of these musical stories.
Her own understanding and love for her native land, its history, and the Greek people, influences her
performance of these selections. “Antigoni Goni has it all: beautiful tone, exquisite phrasing, great timbre
and dynamic range and an engaging presence.” – Soundboard Magazine.
Today’s selections frequently represent “miniatures,” which are musical compositions that are short, but
represent a reflection of much deeper insights and emotions.
The program begins with compositions by Francisco Tárrega, a Spanish composer and classical
guitarist of the Romantic period. The miniatures that provide an opening to the program are thoughtful
pieces representing a dirge and prayer. Rosita, a lively Bohemian polka, follows and lifts the mood of the
Dušan Bogdanović, a Serbian-born American composer and classical guitarist, is a prolific composer
and performer. Hymn to the Muse celebrates the poems and music of Ancient Greece, some ascribed to
the fragments inscribed on the walls of ancient structures, possibly played in the 1st century CE on a lute.
Manos Hadjidakis, born in Xanthi, Greece, is famous for his song Never on Sunday, an Academy Award
winner in 1960. This piece, arranged by Tulio Peramo, a leading Cuban composer, is inspired by
Hadjidakis’ imaginatively created story of a solitary woman in the big city.
Atanas Ourkouzounov, from Sofia, Bulgaria, is a prized guitarist and composer. He composed these
miniatures based on themes from Greek and Macedonian folklore. The spirit of Greek, Bulgarian, and
Macedonian dance is visible in these selections.
Mikis Theodorakis, famous for his scores for Zorba the Greek and Serpico movies, is a Greek
songwriter and composer who has written over 1000 songs! These program pieces are two of the eight
songs based on verses from stanzas of the poem Epitafios written by Yiannis Ritsos.
José L. Merlin, often referred to as a “poet of the guitar,” is an Argentinian guitar virtuoso and
composer. Today he provides us with South American folk dance forms and melodies as the basis for
thoughtful and emotional memories, his and his peoples.
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