Solo repertoire for the guitar is a very heavy male-dominated field; but men are not the only ones to have picked up that beautiful six-stringed instrument to create music. This week will look at two fantastic guitar virtuosi whose music is finally coming back into the public consciousness.
Composers we're looking at this week are:
Ida Presti (1924 - 1967) Catharina Pratten (1824 - 1895)
The album "Velvet Shoes" by Ulrich Wedemeier can also be found on Naxos. The piece "Fairy Sketches - Puck No. 2" can be heard, along with other pieces by Pratten, on the album "Wake the Sigh" by Emma Rush.
Recital Offered by Guitar Team." | NY Times, January 23, 1961. Accessed via the Saskatoon Public Library, February 2021. "Music: For Two Guitars." | NY Times, November 8, 1961. Accessed via the Saskatoon Public Library, February 2021. "Ida Presti, 42, Dead; Concert Guitarist" | NY Times, April 26, 1967. Accessed via the Saskatoon Public Library, Februrary 2021. "A Tribute to Ida Presti." Cinzia Milani. CD Recording. Liner Notes. "Velvet Touch" Ulrich Wedemeier. CD Recording. Liner Notes.