Jorge Cardoso: Doctor, Composer and Guitarist

By Miche Archetto:

Jorge Cardoso graduated both in medicine and in music. As a composer he specialized mainly in compositions for guitar. Here is his famous “Milonga”, played by many classical guitar players around the world. Despite the altered aspect ratio, this video has a relatively good audio quality, which can make you appreciate Cardoso’s ability as guitar player.
His official website is only in Spanish and French, but some biographic information can be found also on wikipedia, which reads:
Jorge Cardoso has composed over 350 works: suites and pieces for solo guitar; duets (two guitars, guitar and violin, guitar and harpsichord, guitar and flute); trio and quartets; string quartet; quintets (guitar and strings, guitar and wind instruments); concerts (for two guitars and strings, for guitar and orchestra); an orchestra for strings and songs for voice and guitar. Other related works include his transcriptions and arrangements of works of South American folkloric character, of de Spanish Renaissance and Baroque, and of other countries and periods. Many are performed regularly by guitarists throughout the world and several are included on recording by 100 performers.
He has lectured on classical guitar technique, interpretation, Latin American Music, Baroque Music, and Music Composition at conferences, seminars and classes throughout France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Chile, Cuba, Costa Rica, Argentina, Morocco and Turkey. He is the author of the book “The Science and Method of Guitar Technique”, edited in French (Les Editions Australia), Japanese (Guitar Music) and Spanish (Universidad de Costa Rica), and translated into English, German and Polish: and “Rhythms and Musical Forms of South America (volume 1: Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay) and RASGUEOS (Musical History from the 16th century to the present.

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