Narciso Yepes was one of the finest virtuoso classical guitarists of the twentieth century. Despite a strong interest in music from the Baroque period, his overwhelming preference was for the serious compositions of Spanish composers from the early twentieth century, though he also showed interest in flamenco music. He displayed a special fondness for the works of Joaquín Rodrigo and was instrumental in the rediscovery of many previously neglected Baroque compositions. He also achieved distinction as a composer, especially in the realm of film music.
In 1952 he arranged a traditional song for guitar “Romance” which would become the music for the film Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) by René Clément impulsing his career on an international level. Yepes also performed other pieces for the movie, including a Catalan Folk Song and a piece by Robert de Visée, this work garnered awards at Cannes, Venice, and Hollywood.
In 1964, Yepes performed the Concerto de Aranjuez with the Berlin Philharmonic, premiering the ten-string guitar which was created in collaboration with the renowned guitar maker José Ramirez. Yepes was the greatest proponent of the 10-string, an instrument that made it possible to transcribe works originally written for baroque lute without deleterious transposition of the bass notes. However, the main reason for the invention of this instrument was the addition of string resonators tuned to C, A#, G#, F#, which resulted in the first guitar with truly chromatic string resonance – similar to that of the piano when the pedal is employed.
Here are two original pieces played by him:
I wasn’t planning for posting romance, but i did after reading nights’ blog, she plays it in a nice way.