Bob is geared to perform in a variety of settings including concerts, restaurants, garden parties, and formal receptions and. Choice of repertoire is always tailored to the event and Bob can present solo guitar music from many centuries and genres. The sound of the classical guitar can add a unique ambience to a special event and Bob's guitar can be appropriately amplified if necessary. Recent concert programmes have included 'An Evening with the Spanish Guitar', 'Guitarra Romantica' (album launch), 'Tunes and Tales' (original compositions) and 'The Segovia Legacy'. New for 2022 'Music From The Guitar Salon - A Golden Age' a celebration of 19th and early 20th century guitar masters.
Classical guitarist Bob Drury re-visits the 19th and early 20th century music salons of Europe to present a solo concert celebrating the “Golden Age” of the classical guitar. Music from Sor, Tarréga, Llobet, Carcassi, Carulli, Giuliani, Ferrer, Coste, Brocá and more. The nineteenth century saw a huge rise in the popularity of the guitar in Europe. Lightweight and portable, the guitar was the perfect instrument for amateur and professional music making in the intimate surroundings of music salons and private homes. Virtuosic players of the day from Spain, Italy, France, etc. not only performed to polite society but also taught the instrument and composed music ranging from developmental studies to extended concert pieces . Bob will briefly introduce each composer and their significance to the period before playing examples of their work. In the twentieth century Andrés Segovia (1893-1987) was destined to ‘elevate’ the guitar to the concert stages of the world and also to inspire the further development of the repertoire. Bob’s concert aims to explore the vibrant period just prior to this and will feature some of the most delightful and entertaining music of the time…
Music will be taken largely from the works of the following composers;
Ferdinando Carulli 1770-1841
Fernando Sor 1778-1839
Matteo Carcassi 1796-1853
Mauro Giuliani 1781-1829
Napoleon Coste 1805-1883
José Brocá 1805-1882
José Ferrer (student of Brocá) 1835-1916
Felip Pedrell (student of Brocá) 1841-1922
Francisco Tárrega 1852-1909
Miguel Llobet (student of Tárrega) 1878-1938
Promo video for a small theatre tour in 2017. The tour coincided with the release of the CD 'Guitar Romantica' which is available to by in hard copy via the on-site store.
© Bob Drury 2021