My Music Videos

Please check back often.  When I add a new piece I put it at the top of the list, but otherwise, there is no particular order of pieces.

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My memoir of my guitar playing career in Central Park, from 1990 thru 2016.

This was my life's calling.  My life's work.  This video stands as a personal record of this very meaningful, rewarding vocation.
Included are different eras of my life as a busker, with some of my favorite videos and pictures.
All who know me, know this was my true calling - week after week.
I went to play.
If you ever wondered what it was like, watch this video, my memoir.
This is what it was like.
Marc Friedlander

 

Sonata Pathetique - 2nd Movement Adagio Cantabile

The beautiful, slow movement from Beethoven's piano sonata, arranged by Francisco Tarrega.

 

Recuerdos de la Alhambra - for Seniors!

The well known tremolo classic by Francisco Tarrega - with a modification to make the piece less taxing and far easier to play.

 

Suite Populaire Bresilienne

1-Mazurka Choro

Heitor Villa-Lobos (March 5, 1887 — November 17, 1959) was a pioneering Brazilian modernist composer.
This Suite of 5 pieces, originally composed for the guitar, is one of the most enduring works in the classical guitar literature.

Suite Populaire Bresilienne

2-Schottish Choro

Suite Populaire Bresilienne

4-Gavotta Choro

Pachelbel's Canon

It's a perrenial favorite at weddings - there are countless couples who have been wed to the sound of this basic chord progression:

I, V, VI, III, IV, I, IV, V
or:

D, A, Bm, F#m, G, D, G, A

Recuerdos de la Alhambra

For any street musician with a classical guitar in their hand - this one is a MUST. If you've got this one piece going, the tremolo spinning off your fingertips, tickling the strings, airy and even, the singing voice above the bass line, and the little noodles that happen from time to time - the mordents or whatever you call those things, if you're a street musician and if you've got all that going and you're playing anywhere there are human beings present - you CANT be having a bad day.
Believe me.

Allemande and Courante - Cello Suite #3

J.S. Bach

This video is dedicated to the joint memories of Lillian Hochman, my beloved mother-in-law, who died on the day this video was made - May 19, 2013, and my beloved mother Doris Debel, who, in an amazing coincidence, died on this day 8 years ago, May 19, 2005.
Shortly after I shot this video, I got the call from my wife Robin that her mother Lilly, who's health had been failing for some time, had passed away. Both our moms are friends now, playing Mah-Jong and canasta, in the Great Beyond.

 
Aurora's Powder Rag

 

Stefan Grossman

Coney Island Cakewalk

Richard Saslow

 

A long long time ago, I can still remember... oh excuse me - I mean a long long time ago, some fool decided you can't play classical on a steel string guitar, and for some reason, most everybody believed him and they still do.

Except for me, that is.

I bought this Guild and I find that its clarity and sustain are sensational!

It is a bit tricky, getting used to the neck and the steel, but oh well - I love the result.

 

SCARLATTI ON STEEL

Scarlatti on Steel No. 1

Sonata K178 (L162)

 

Scarlatti on Steel No. 2

Sonata K322 (L483)

 

Scarlatti on Steel No. 3

Sonata K391 (L79)

 

Scarlatti on Steel No. 4

Sonata K431 (L83)

 

Scarlatti on Steel No. 5

Sonata K11 (L352)

 

Scarlatti on Steel No. 6

Sonata K443 (L418)

 

Scarlatti on Steel No. 7

Sonata K380 (L23)

 

Scarlatti on Steel No. 8

- Sonata K208 (L238)

 

Scarlatti on Steel No. 9

Sonata K309 (L454)

 

 

 

 

Lately, I've been turning to the Spanish Guitar for it's expressiveness, and yearning quality.

Mallorca

Isaac Albeniz

 

 

Serenade Espagnole

Joaquin Malats

 

 

 

I filmed this from my new "spot" in central part.  These days, I play in the arches on the east side of the part between 72nd and 82nd streets. 

The acoustics are better than the finest concert halls! And, as an added plus, I can play there!

Theme and Variations

Fernando Sor

From The Greywacke Arch in Central Park, NYC

 

 

Canarios

Gaspar Sanz

 

Allemande, Cello Suite 1

J. S. Bach

 

 

 

Little Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 - J.S. Bach

The Back Story

Allegro from the Sonata in D Major

by Christian Scheidler

 

The Frog Galliard - John Dowland

a Renaissance fave

 

Lady Hunsdons Puffe - John Dowland

ditto

 

Etude_Number_One_-_ H._ Villa-Lobos

another stab at this very difficult first study

 

Recuerdos_de_la_Alhambra_-_F._Tarrega

perenial tremolo favorite

 

 

   
Asturias_(Leyenda)_-_I._Albeniz a well known and beautiful Spanish piece
Capricho_Arabe_-_F._Tarrega

ditto

 

Homer Gets His Wings

a movie I made some years back, when I was into something a little off the beaten path (for a change)

Dahil_Sa_Isang_Bulaklak

a Philipino classic Kundiman

 

Spanish_Dance_No._5_-_E._Granados
Granada_-_I._Albeniz
Sonata_Romantica_III_-_Ponce

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