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Re:General questions about the alto and its use 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 3  
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As Bob Barto says, "there are no difficult passages in Weiss".

One might be tempted to conclude from this statement, that in Barto's opinion Weisses music is always easy to play on the lute.

But in an interview from June 2003 Barto also says:
"Not to mention the technical challenges. Playing a six minute Presto of running 16th notes is very typical of late Weiss. Where else do we find this in the guitar and lute repertoire? ... It will take a while (if ever) before the lute world is anywhere near the technical level of, say, concert pianists."
 
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Re:General questions about the alto and its use 2 Years, 4 Months ago Karma: 1  
Silvanig,
The quote from Barto does raise the issue of guitarist's and lutenist's abilities in playing extended fast passages. It has been my impression for many years that pianists and flautists, say, find it technically easier to play fast, particularly, extended fast passages, than do lutenists or guitarists. With the exception of pieces such as the Weiss example, there are, thankfully, not too many pieces in the alto repertoire that require such facility. However, even the keyboard has its problem pieces. Handel's well known, "The Harmonious Blacksmith", has an undemanding theme, and the earlier variations are not too frightening for a keyboard player, but it needs steadily increasing courage to face the later variations.
Giuliani wrote a set of variations on this theme, but the variations, while not trivial, do not demand an outstanding virtuoso technique.
I think Barto in his earlier comment meant to say that the left hand is always "well-placed" on the fret board, i.e., there are no awkward chords, or chord transitions, for example, but, of course, extended rapid movement over the fret board is not easy.
James.
 
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