Composer: Ignacio Cervantes
Arranger: Scott Wolf
Description: Ignacio Cervantes is one of Cuba's most influential composers and pianists. While studying at the Paris Conservatoire, he won top prizes in composition and performance and was praised by such luminaires as Franz Lizst and Hans von Bulow. His most well-known and respected works are his series of several dozen Cuban dances, in which he synthesized European classical music and African rhythms, like the habanera and tango, into a new and unmistakably Cuban style. This arrangement for guitar presents five of the most distinctive and elegant of these Cuban dances, which we have titled Escenas (Scenes). Each of these dances was given a descriptive title by Cervantes, which creates a colorful narrative when played as a set. They suit the intimate and energetic nature of the guitar perfectly, and are arranged in a manner that allows the performer to effortlessly present a unique interpretation. Scott Wolf's editions are so skillfully done, his arrangements sound as if they were written originally for the guitarist Scott Tennant, Author - Pumping Nylon
Era: 20th Century
Type of Work: Solos
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Nationality: Latin America
Scott Wolf is widely recognized for his versatility as a performer, teacher, and arranger for classical guitar. Scott received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, where he studied classical guitar with renowned pedagogue and Los Angeles Guitar Quartet member Scott Tennant. He earned a Master of Music from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Eliot Fisk and received his Bachelor of Arts at UC San Diego with Dr. Randy Pile.
A frequent competition prizewinner, Scott won first prize in the Donald Miller Concerto Competition in 2009 and was awarded the “Latin American Prize” at Boston GuitarFest 2007 for his fiery interpretation of Latin American and Spanish music. Shortly after, he released a solo album of Latin-American music entitled Un Viaje al Sur (A Journey South). He also studied flamenco guitar extensively in Spain, and in the U.S. with Grisha Goryachev and Adam Del Monte. He gives frequent workshops on flamenco guitar, most recently to the participants of the Guitar Foundation of America Symposium in Los Angeles and the Loyola Marymount International Guitar Festival.
A dedicated teacher, Scott serves on the faculties of both Palomar and Whittier colleges. Devoted to expanding the repertoire for guitar, Scott performs many of his own arrangements with the USC World Guitar Ensemble, Duo Solaris, and De Gracia y Pasión. Additional publications can be found via Clear Note and Doberman-Yppan Publishers. Scott is also the creator, producer, and host of the highly acclaimed podcast, All Strings Considered.