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Smaro Gregoriadou interprets Usher Waltz, op.29 after Edgar Allan Poe by Nikita Koshkin (1956-), on a classical guitar with metalonylon trebles featuring Kertsopoulos Aesthetics*. Live concert in Athens (Parnassos Concert Hall, 31/1/98). *KERTSOPOULOS AESTHETICS: Guitars, strings, acoustic applications of evolved specifications, a 30-year research on history and æsthetics of guitar, accomplished by Greek guitarist-maker Yorgos Kertsopoulos and involving numerous suggestions on interpretation of old and new guitar repertoire, as well as transcriptions from other instruments to guitar. Since Æsthetics' first presentation in Athens, 1994, by their inventor, numerous astonishing innovations have enriched inventive guitarist's sound, recreating 500-years of beautiful guitar tradition: high-pitched, transitive and re-entrant tunings up an octave higher than the ordinary, double and triple-course stringing, tone-colour's diversity, access to unexplored tonalities, pedal mechanisms! HISTORIC EVIDENCE: In 1948 Andres Segovia introduced the nylon string aesthetic of A.Augustine. The classical and flamenco guitar enjoys this aesthetic for more than sixty years and guitarists of such a worldwide prestige such as Julian Bream, John Williams, Alirio Diaz, Abel Carlevaro, Dimitri Fampas, Gerasimos Miliaresis, the Romero family, C.Parkening, A.Lagoya, I.Presti, L.Almeida, Evangelos & Liza, C.Kotsiolis, Roberto Aussel, R.Dyens, Paul Galbraith, Paco de Lucia, P.Pena, C.Montoya, Sabicas, Serranito (just to mention a few of these astonishing performers), play with great success the Segovia-Augustine aesthetic which has total acceptance today. Now, A.Barrios and H.Villa-Lobos played with metal strings while D.Prat, A.Lauro, F.Tarrega, R.Montoya played with gut strings. At the time of M.Giuliani, M.Carcassi, L.Legnani, F.Carulli, F.Sor, D.Aguado the guitar was strung with metal, gut and silk strings and had either double courses or single strings. Also further back in history G.Sanz, Bermudo, Brescianello played the guitar in higher pitched tunings and the triple strung guitarra battente was popular mainly in Italy. Y.Kertsopoulos introduced in 1994 the Kertsopoulos Aesthetics which as a multiplex open architecture scheme provide the possibility of reviving and realizing the many aspects of guitar's aesthetics, as they have been recorded in history. Among many guitarists that play the aesthetics today, Smaro Gregoriadou has made many succesful first world presentations of different aspects of aesthetic styles in guitar interpretation.
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