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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Paco de Lucia: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

Last week the world lost one of the greatest musicians of all time, Paco de Lucia.  This performance of Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" for guitar and orchestra, will leave you speechless.  If there is a musician who phrases with more relentless passion than Paco de Lucia did, I am not familiar with them. The second movement of this live performance is spellbinding.  When commenting on this melody, Miles Davis once said  "That melody is so strong that the softer you play it, the stronger it gets, and the stronger you play it, the weaker it gets." I've never heard it played better than Paco does here.

We lost a truly great one last week.  RIP, Paco.