Joaquin Rodrigo (1901 – 1999) was a Spanish composer most famous for two pieces for guitar and orchestra: the Concerto de Aranjuez. and today’s selection, the Fantasía para un Gentilhombre, written for Andres Segovia, who played at its premiere in 1958. Both are extraordinarily lovely, with the solo guitar blending with the other instruments every bit as well as the more traditional solo piano or violin.
Once again we can compare this to a different version, in this case a fugue for solo guitar written by Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710). Rodrgio adapted his Fantasia from this and other Sanz pieces.
All the music from the this series can be found and enjoyed here.