Below are notes on the works/transcriptions performed on the disc: Antonio Lauro (1917 - 1986) was born in Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela. His father, a barber who could sing and play the guitar, taught his son what he could, but died when Antonio was still a child. While Lauro wrote many works for piano, orchestra, and voice, he is considered one of the greatest guitar composers of South America. In 1971, Lauro wrote the charming waltz "El Niño" for his eldest son Leonardo. Alexandre Tansman (1897 - 1986) was actually a virtuoso pianist but is often most well-known for his guitar compositions. His music is primarily neoclassical and combined elements of his Polish and Jewish heritage and his French musical influences. "Danza Pomposa" is a light, cheerful piece written for Andrés Segovia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived an extremely short life but left the world with the legacy of his musical genius. "Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman" is a set of variations written for the piano and modeled after the famous children's song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." I actually developed a fascination for this piece as a child when my father would play the recording and point out how Mozart took a simple melody and transformed it into a masterpiece. In 2006, I decided to create a transcription to bring this work into the guitar world. Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759), considered one of the masters of the Baroque period, was born in Germany, trained in Italy, and spent a great deal of his life in England. He is perhaps most well-known for compositions from his Messiah, such as the "Hallelujah.' I have found that his lesser-known works for harpsichord often exhibit a unique charm. I originally discovered his Suite II No.7 on a Keith Jarrett piano CD and this inspired me to create a guitar transcription. Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909) has been considered one of the grandfathers of the classical guitar. From a young age, he showed talent on the guitar and actually ran away from home several times during his childhood in attempt to start his music career. "Estudio Brillante" captures the beauty of the Spanish guitar sound through rolling arpeggios and fountain-like melody. When I was young, this piece captivated me for it's ability to sound like two guitars. Johann Sebastian Bach's (1685-1750) "Chaconne," originally for solo violin, has gained status as a monumental piece among instrumentalists due to it's magnificent sound and virtuosic nature. Interestingly, the theme of the "Chaconne" is only 4 measures long (approximately 10-15 seconds), yet from that, Bach created a mesmerizing 15-minute musical journey. Enrique Granados (1867-1916) composed music in a highly-Spanish nationalistic style and many of his compositions have adapted beautifully to the guitar repertoire. Granados had several talents including his virtuoso piano skills and ability to paint in the style of Francisco Goya. La Maja de Goya, originally written for piano and voice, holds inspiration in a famous portrait by Goya. Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) achieved great success as composer despite being blind from a young age. His most well-known work is the Concierto de Aranjuez, which is statistically performed at least once every day somewhere in the world. "Un Tiempo Fue Itálica Famosa" tells a musical story about an ancient city, Itálica, that was founded in Spain in 206 BC by a Roman general in order to settle Roman soldiers wounded in war. Michael Praetorius (c.1571-1621) showed great compositional versatility during his lifetime, as he wrote Protestant Hymns, chorales, organ works, and arranged over a thousand songs. On my albumu, I play four dances from his sole surviving secular work called Terpsichore (1612).