Sunday morning music

I thought I’d remember a friend this morning, with a piece of music he and I both loved very much.  It’s the ‘Fantasia para un Gentilhombre‘ (Fantasia for a Gentleman) by Spanish composer JoaquĆ­n Rodrigo, who may be the most well-known composer for that instrument in classical music history.

This 1996 recording features Pepe Romero, a member of the world-famous classical guitar family.  He’s playing with the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, a Mexican orchestra, conducted by Manuel Godolf.  The video quality isn’t very good, but the sound is better.  I chose this recording because it shows Pepe Romero’s notable guitar technique very well.

I still miss Inyati.  This music brings back his memory every time I hear it.



  1. Just read the earlier piece about Inyati. If only there more like him in power. It sounds like he was a man of honor, an increasingly rare trait, and I hope he is resting easy. The music is, of course, gorgeous.

  2. Peter, have you ever heard this played by Scott Tennant? His skill is amazing, and he studied with Rodrigo. You can hear him here:(

    or here: (

    Scott is also a member (or was) of the LA Guitar Quartet. In my very humble opinion, I think Scott plays better than Segovia – the Master – did.

  3. Oops. I'm actually not sure if Scott ever played the entire Concierto de Aranjuez, but I could swear I heard him play that fantasia. Anyway, give him a listen. His playing is superb.

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