Canal March

The waltz, on the guitar

Rafael Aguirre, guitarra

Vals in A minor Op. 34 no. 2 by Fryderyk Chopin and Valsa sem nome by Baden Powell

During the nineteenth century many dances formed part of ballroom life. However, the waltz was the most popular of all and the easiest to assimilate in all kinds of compositions, such as Chopin’s waltzes for piano (here, arranged for guitar by Rafael Aguirre). The Polish composer explored the artistic dimension of this dance and converted it into a genre in its own right. A century later, the waltz was still in force, as shown by the work Valsa sem nome by Baden Powell, who revitalised the genre, combining its characteristic triple rhythm with references to the bossa nova.

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