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Video: Spanish Dance No. 6, 'Rondalla Aragonesa' duet

This video features Miguel Llobet's guitar duet transcription of 'Spanish Dance No. 6, Rondalla Aragonesa' by Enrique Granados performed by the Alberton Guitar Duo (Bruce Paine and Rex Button) during their April 2011 concert at the Rose Centre Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand.

Video: Danza Paraguaya, guitar duet

This video features Agustin Barrios Mangore's guitar duet 'Danza Paraguaya' performed by the Alberton Guitar Duo during their April 2011 concert at the Rose Centre Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand.

Video: Annie Laurie with Variations, guitar duet

This is a guitar duet setting of the famous and much loved Scottish ballad Annie Laurie. It is based on a set of piano variations by Irish born composer William Vincent Wallace (1812 - 1865). This guitar duet arrangement closely follows the format of the original but with new ideas and changes that were necessary to suit the voice of the guitar. This heart warming piece is featured on Bruce Paine’s DVD on the Auckland historic house Alberton and forms part of a special tribute to the music loving Kerr Taylor family.

Sheet music for this piece is available here.

Copies of the Alberton DVD+CD set can be purchased here.

Please note, the DVD version of this duet performance differs from the one shown here.

Video: Echoes of India - Seringapatam

This composition for solo classical guitar is a musical tribute to Seringapatam, a town in the Mandya district of the Indian state of Karnataka and place of great religious, cultural and historic significance.  The non-anglicised version of Seringapatam is Srirangapatna (also spelled Shrirangapattana.) The music was specially composed by Bruce Paine for his music DVD Alberton (BNP DVD 01) which was inspired by the iconic 1863 homestead Alberton in Auckland New Zealand.  For the DVD a completely different video was made with Alberton as the setting.

Classical guitarists interested in playing this composition can download a copy of the sheet music from this web site and the sound track is available via iTunes.

Sheet Music: Seringapatam

Video: Finchdean "The Little Church in the Field"

The classical guitar music featured in this video is entitled "Finchdean" composed by Bruce Paine.  Bruce was inspired to write the piece following a walk through farmland near the village Finchdean in Hampshire England.  The focal point of the walk was the historic church St Huberts, known also as "The little church in the field", which is believed to date as far back as the 11th century. A magnificent feature of the chapel is the 14th century mural that was uncovered in 1864.

"Finchdean" is Bruce Paine's most loved solo guitar composition which has been performed in countries around the world including New Zealand, Australia, England, France, the Czech Republic and Mexico.  It is a popular choice for guitar students sitting advanced University level performance exams and has been accepted by the Trinity College of London as valid FTCL level exam repertoire.  It has also been released on Bruce Paine's 2008 album "Lateral Lines".

For classical guitarists who may be interested in performing "Finchdean", the sheet music is available as an electronic download via Bruce Paine's web site in return for a small fee and hard copies can be purchased via the Centre for New Zealand Music/SOUNZ.

Video: Sea Suite - 3. Dance of the Walrus

Music video. Dance of the Walrus - from Sea Suite by Bruce Paine

This short piece is from Bruce Paine's Sea Suite for Guitar, each section of which was inspired by various aquatic creatures such as the shark, the octopus and the walrus. Some might question the concept of dancing walruses but going by video footage on the Internet, the piece Dance of the Walrus seems entirely valid. Either way it adds a light-hearted element and further contrast to the music.

A note for classical guitarists. This composition while offering something different makes a great study piece for the student repertoire. The sheet music for "Dance of the Walrus" is free to download exclusively from this site. The full music score is also readily available. Electronic downloads of Sea Suite and other sheet music are available via Bruce Paine's web site for a small fee. Hard copies can be purchased via the SOUNZ online music store for New Zealand composers.

 

Video: Sea Suite - 2. The Whale and the Octopus

Music video. The Whale and the Octopus - from Sea Suite by Bruce Paine

This short piece is the second in a set of pieces entitled "Sea Suite" composed by New Zealand classical guitarist Bruce Paine in 2007 inspired by the work of underwater photographer Colin Gans. The Whale and the Octopus focuses on the contrasting images of a great lumbering mammal of the sea, rhythmically propelling itself with its massive flippers and that of the delicate tentacles of an octopus hypnotically unfurling as it is suspended in the sea. Those who know that octopi spend most of their time clinging camouflaged to rocks and are rarely seen floating about as one sees on TV documentaries, might forgive the flaw in this flight of fancy!


 

 

Video: Sea Suite - 1. Sea Life

Music video. Sea Life - from Sea Suite by Bruce Paine

In 2007 New Zealand classical guitarist Bruce Paine was approached by underwater photographer Colin Gans with the idea of composing a piece for a digital slideshow presentation of images captured in Niue. The stunning underwater images proved to be an excellent catalyst for ideas that would form a new piece entitled Sea Life.  The work can be considered a type of tone poem that begins with the image of a diver sitting in a boat and commencing his dive with a “Backward Roll Entry” into the sea. The diver is surrounded by a momentary surge of bubbles and is soon swimming about. Gradually the scene beneath the waves is revealed and signs of life start to appear - small fish darting about, inquisitive grouper fish along with other fascinating and delicately beautiful creatures. Dissonant chords represent a large shark quietly passing by with its fins glinting in reflected sunlight from the surface. Surging arpeggios represent the awe-inspiring sight of a massive school of fish moving rapidly as one powerful entity. Eventually the diver’s underwater experience comes to an end and the final bars of the piece represent the return to the surface and daylight.

 

 

Video: Sea Suite - 4. Shark Dream and Reprise

Music video. Shark Dream and Reprise - from Sea Suite by Bruce Paine

This short piece is the last of a set of pieces entitled "Sea Suite" composed by New Zealand classical guitarist Bruce Paine in 2007 inspired by the work of underwater photographer Colin Gans. Nobody really knows if sharks spend any time sleeping let alone dreaming. There are reports of sharks resting motionless in caves but even then their eyes suggest that they are conscious of divers swimming around. It is believed that a shark is capable of shutting down half of its brain while the other half remains alert, so perhaps it cannot truly find restful sleep. Shark Dream and Reprise rounds off the suite, first with a tense musical representation of the dream, then a recap of earlier material that safely returns the listener to the surface.

Video: Dance of the Walrus - for the young at heart!

Music video. Dance of the Walrus - from Sea Suite by Bruce Paine

This short piece is from Bruce Paine's Sea Suite for Guitar, each section of which was inspired by various aquatic creatures such as the shark, the octopus and the walrus. Some might question the concept of dancing walruses but going by video footage on the Internet, the piece Dance of the Walrus seems entirely valid. Either way it adds a light-hearted element and further contrast to the music.

The video footage is intended for the young and the young at heart.  It is not meant to be serious and is an attempt at something a bit different from the usual classical guitar video.

A note for budding classical guitarists.  This composition while offering something different makes a great study piece for the student repertoire.  The sheet music for "Dance of the Walrus" is free to download exclusively from this site.  The full music score is also readily available.  Electronic downloads of Sea Suite and other sheet music are available via Bruce Paine's web site for a small fee. Hard copies can be purchased via the SOUNZ online music store for New Zealand composers.

 

Video: New Zealand Suite for Guitar - 1. Mountain Cascade

Music video. Mountain Cascade - NZ Suite for Guitar by Bruce Paine

This is the first movement of Bruce Paine's New Zealand Suite for Guitar.  Mountain Cascade echoes the movement of mountain streams in particular near Mount Cook, where the water tumbles and bounces over rocks then suddenly calms as it reaches a lake.

The intention was for the suite to be an easily playable, concert opener that would not be too physically demanding but with enough substance to be musically satisfying. Despite this it is fair to say that a reasonably high level of proficiency is required to achieve a convincing performance, particularly with the third movement that requires great dexterity and stamina.

Electronic downloads of the New Zealand Suite and other sheet music are available via Bruce Paine's web site for a small fee. Hard copies can be purchased from the SOUNZ online music store for New Zealand composers.

Video: New Zealand Suite for Guitar - 2. Rotoiti Twilight

Music video. Rotoiti Twilight - NZ Suite for Guitar by Bruce Paine

This is the second movement of Bruce Paine's New Zealand Suite for Guitar. Rotoiti Twilight conjures up the atmosphere of an evening stroll from the village of St Arnaud in the Nelson Lakes District to the tranquil shores of Lake Rotoiti.

The intention was for the suite to be an easily playable, concert opener that would not be too physically demanding but with enough substance to be musically satisfying. Despite this it is fair to say that a reasonably high level of proficiency is required to achieve a convincing performance, particularly with the third movement that requires great dexterity and stamina.

Electronic downloads of the New Zealand Suite and other sheet music are available via Bruce Paine's web site for a small fee. Hard copies can be purchased from the SOUNZ online music store for New Zealand composers.

Video: New Zealand Suite for Guitar - 3. The Forest Awakens

Music video. The Forest Awakens - NZ Suite for Guitar by Bruce Paine

This is the third movement from Bruce Paine's New Zealand Suite for Guitar.  Contrasting with the preceding slower movement, The Forest Awakens presents a morning scene on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, where native birds sing passionately and animals stir along the “Bell Bird Walk”.

The intention was for the suite to be an easily playable, concert opener that would not be too physically demanding but with enough substance to be musically satisfying. Despite this it is fair to say that a reasonably high level of proficiency is required to achieve a convincing performance, particularly with the third movement that requires great dexterity and stamina.

Electronic downloads of the New Zealand Suite and other sheet music are available via this web site for a small fee.  Hard copies can be purchased from the SOUNZ online music store for New Zealand composers.

Video: Finchdean slideshow

This is a slideshow of photographs taken in the Finchdean and Idsworth area (in Hampshire, England) showing typical farmland and summer crops of barley.  The historic church known as "The little church in a field" featured in this video is St Huberts Chapel which is believed to date as far back as the 11th century. A magnificent feature of the chapel is a 14th century mural that was uncovered in 1864.

The music "Finchdean" for solo classical guitar was written by New Zealand guitarist Bruce Paine after he had visited St Huberts and walked in the surrounding farmland. The piece is Bruce's most loved solo guitar composition which has been performed in countries around the world including New Zealand, Australia, England, France, the Czech Republic and Mexico. It is a popular choice for guitar students sitting advanced University level performance exams and has been accepted by the Trinity College of London as valid FTCL level exam repertoire.

Photography by Diana Goss, Paul Stone, Chris Gunns, Derek Hasted and Bruce Paine. The music in this video is performed by Bruce Paine on his 2008 album "Lateral Lines".

The sheet music for Finchdean is available as an electronic download via Bruce Paine's web site for a small charge and hard copies can be purchased via the Centre for New Zealand Music/SOUNZ.

Video: Mountain Muse

An original classical guitar solo performed by Bruce Paine at Alberton, Auckland, New Zealand. This composition was specially written for a DVD being made about the historic place Alberton. The music attempts to conjure up the atmosphere of the volcanic cone on the slopes of which Alberton is situated. In particular it expresses the feeling of solitude that can be felt when a person sits on the slopes of a mountain.

Video: Alberton DVD Preview

Preview of Bruce Paine's guitar music DVD celebrating 150 years of the historic house/farm Alberton, and the Kerr Taylor family in Auckland, New Zealand. The Alberton homestead was built in 1863 and was the inspiration for the classical guitar music that is featured on the DVD.

"Alberton" the feature length music video and "Patty's Galop" a music video short were both officially selected for the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival 2013, Washington, USA, August 14-18

Video: Alberton Waltz

An original classical guitar solo performed by Bruce Paine in the ballroom at Alberton, Auckland, New Zealand. Original classical guitar music composed by Bruce Paine. This was specially composed for a DVD being made about the historic place Alberton. The music is inspired by Victorian ballroom etiquette.