When Sedona Farber came in for videos she was very curious to play the 1969 Segovia Ramirez, so we recorded her playing Villa Lobos’ Etude 12 on this amazing guitar. It’s a very impressive performance, and not just ‘for her age’!

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15 Responses to “Sedona Farber – Villa Lobos Etude 12 (Segovia Ramirez)”

  1. At my old age I find some music absolutely damaging to my ears and better musical sense. God have mercy on the kids and teachers that think this is music.

    Even though great guitars are here, they can hardly stand some music that has all but left us a void of value in history.

    • Francois-Marie Patorni says:

      This is a STUDY, not about sweet melody. Practice, you’ll get better, maybe. I am 74, own a similar Ramirez, and I have not yet reached the mastery of this young woman. But I still have 30 years ahead to keep playing …

    • Dave Mason says:

      Tom! I take your point, but at Sedona’s age, this is great fun. Just giving Segovia’S Ramirez a cannon ball of an express workout is a kind of a heady high. I am near sure that she play some other pieces on the Ramirez which we, unfortunately, did not hear.

      Fortunately, history is a great winnowing machine. Remember all that Avant Guarde art and music of the 1960’s and 1980’s. A lot of people who once that it all so very cool have radically changed their mind.

      • tomc says:

        Well, there is nothing that precludes an etude from being a “sweet melody”, think Chopin’s etudes. Etudes simply focus on one or 2 technical and often musical facets to focus on. But Tom, really do you honestly see this as avant-garde? If your ears and sense of harmony find this discordant what of Bartok’s string quartets? For that matter what about the last string quartets of Beethoven? Possibly you need to broaden your hozizons from Flamenco and middle of the road classical guitar pieces and actually listen to the whole of classical music literature.

        • Villa-Lobos, as many of you know, was cellist and learnt guitar by himself playing with the “chorões” (choro players that still today use to meet to play all night long) and probably usign the traditional guitar methods of his time like those based in Tarrega and Carcassi. Most of his pieces for guitar make use of melodies in the bass strings in order to imitate the cello. We can see that on Prelude 1, Prelude 4 and Prelude 4, some pieces of Suíte Popular Brasileira like the Schottish-Chôro and in some of his Studies (8, 10, 11 and 12)
          Many of his melodies, in all kind of works and instrumentations, use material taken from traditional and folk brazilian music and from brazilian indian culture. We can easily find this in his Choros nº 10 for Orquestra and Choir – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DiFvdelV9g
          That’s the case of prelude nº 4 and this Study nº 12. The melody played in the bass line in the middle section is tippically indian. Compare with the recording above. This piece is a callenge not only for its techicnal approach but also for its hard rhythmic divisions. A masterpiece for guitar.
          I don’t know Sedona Farber and how old she is but I think she’s doing a great work already and tends to be a great Villa-Lobos performer. I hope to hear more from her in the future.

  2. Raymond Cousté says:

    Though I am pushing 70, I think and have always thought it is great music, innovative for the instrument, furthermore very well played… but I STILL believe Sedona is playing a guitar that’s far too large (even larger this time!), and I hope it’s only for the purpose of the video. Refer to my comment about the Tarrega recording… and the stretching of the fourth finger.

    Bises à la demoiselle.


  3. Cheech says:

    She is excellent

  4. gregory Leupp says:

    Playing the guitar and making music are two different acts, and being an artist with a guitar is something few achieve.
    While this young lady has some wonderful God given talent, if we were to listen to that recording blind folded we might come to another conclusion as to the quality of its performance . Young talent is to often pushed before the public by parents and teachers
    creating unrealistic expectations. I wish this young girl all the best

  5. Peter says:

    She delivered this piece exactly as the composer wished it. Well done, this young lady is class.

  6. Bravo! Sendona has talent I can only dream about. I encourage her to play any piece with as much enthusiasm and any guitar with as much passion. Experimentation should be celebrated and appreciated.

  7. Papaj says:

    This young lady shows exceptional technique and musicality. Segovia recorded many Villa Lobos pieces, and I’m sure he is smiling down on Sedona, pleased that the art of the classical guitar is in good hands. As stated before, this is an Etude, and a really hard one at that. It is meant to challenge the player, and Sedona has passed with flying colors.

    Sedona, don’t listen to stodgy old farts, you are exceptional, and I look forward to seeing you if/when you tour.

  8. garrett says:

    Very well done. And with drive. Who knows what it’s really supposed to sound like, maybe very impressionistic with some interludes of your typical Villa-Lobos scale runs. To me it’s like some very hectic day in traffic under stress and unrelenting bad drivers, although it could be a police chasing some criminal through downtown Chicago or such. Nevertheless, very well done!

  9. Ernani says:

    Villa-Lobos wrote the preludes in the 1920’s, while living in Paris. It’s not a emulation of what have previoulsy been done in the instrument (by such great composers like Sor, Carcassi, Carulli, Giuliani, Aguado, Coste, Tárrega, Llobet) but a personal and original sum to the musical literature. Melody is not the main element here: the 12 is an study about rhythm. And imagine something like a night in the rain forest, and You are with indians, and drink some tea, are dancing… The professor Abel Carlevaro (shall he needs your mercy?)teaches that this is one of the preludes with the atmosphere of the Amazon, that Villa-Lobos knew in the 1910’s.

  10. Mike says:

    It’s an Etude, and a very challenging one at that! I think she has marvelous gifts including a great playing demeanor!

  11. Andrés Segovia says:

    Villa-Lobos is my favorite composer. All guitarists must learn to play his studies.


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