Niibori Guitar Music Academy Spring Concert was held in Curian large hall (1,000 seats) in Tokyo on February 13, 1999.

Niibori Guitar Music Academy is the only educational school especially for the guitar in Japan. There are Nihon Guitar Music Conservatory (Izu campus), Niibori Guitar Music Academy (Joetsu campus), International Niibori Guitar Music Academy (Yokohama campus and Tokyo campus) whose president is Dr. Hiroki Niibori. Each campus has the junior high school course and the college course. Tokyo campus was newly established in October 1998.

Players who can play on the honorable stage are selected from a number of students from all campuses. The criteria for selection is total points include originality, entertainment and so on as well as performance.

In the concert, students make full use of Niibori Method original guitars. There was entertainment of all sorts such as solo, ensemble, guitar orchestra, combined performance with percussion, other musical instruments and chorus. Let's introduce how this year's concert was done here.

Recently, the program tends to be occupied with original pieces composed or arranged by students. Especially, original pieces by NRM (Niibori Rhythm Method) using the guitar as the percussion (drum) are increasing year by year. This year's most interesting and remarkable NRM piece was 'Bombay Sapphire' by a quintet consisted of the soprano guitar, the prime guitar, the contrabass guitar and the guitarron. It was composed by the third grade student of the junior high school course of Yokohama campus. In this piece, there was the first attempt that all the guitars except for the prime were played as the percussion.

Solo performance were as follows; 'Hommage a Villa-Lobos, 4th movement' by R. Dyens, 'Allegro Vivace from "Rossiniana No.1"' by M. Giuliani, and 'Waltz D-major' by F. Tarrega were played by the prime guitar. 'Waltz Op. 32-2' by F. Sor and 'Sir John Smith, His Almain' by J. Dowland were played prettily by the alto guitar that was tuned the 5th higher than the prime guitar. 'Gallarada, Rujero Y Paradetas from "Suite Espanola"' by G. Sanz was played elegantly by the soprano guitar that was tuned 1 octave higher than the prime guitar. Guitars which have higher register than the prime guitar enable light and pretty performance, and very suitable for the preclassics music and the classicism.

'Variation on theme of "Die Foreiie"' by F. P. Schubert and 'Variation on theme of "Lion's March" from "Carnival of Animals"' by S. C. Saint-Saens were played by the guitarron. In spite of the register is very low, sound of the guitarron is very humorous and suitable for pleasant music. Also, the unique play method and the figure enabled for a player to show a dynamic performance. Incidentally, both music were arranged by F. Iida.

In the concert, the audience also enjoyed ensemble music created by a variety of the original guitars. 'Allegro from "BWV.972"' by J. S. Bach was played by the double alto cembalo guitar and the double prime cembalo guitar. The cembalo guitar is the most suitable guitar to play music by J. S. Bach and music composed for the cembalo (harpsichord). Moreover, as the cembalo guitar can express piano and forte at ease, it is possible to play the music composed for the cembalo much more emotionally than the originals. 'Recife dos corais from "Tres Cenas"' by S. Assad was played by the two prime guitars and the guitarron. The sound of the formation is well-balanced supported by rich low register, and suitable for romantic music and popular music. 'Rondo Espressivo from "Grand Duo Concertant"' by M. Giuliani which was played by the soprano guitar, the prime guitar and the guitarron, attracted the audience with the very natural beautiful sound. 'String quartet No. 4th, 5th movements Allegro molto' by B. Bartok which was played by the two alto guitars, the prime guitar and the bass guitar, and 'Trio Sonata D-major, 1st and 2nd movements' by J. J. Quantz which was played by the two also guitars, the alto cembalo guitar and the bass guitar, were both well received. Although such formations require players well-balanced sense of music and minute technique, the performances were wonderfully well done and successful. As these two formations don't include the guitarron that wraps the whole sound warmly, the sound becomes very serious and clear, and enables to express sharpness and spirituality of music very well. 'A Daughter of the Village' by E. D. Lazzaro that was played by the two alto guitars, the prime guitar, the bass guitar and the guitarron, was applauded very much. This formation is called the origin of the Niibori sound, and the Niibori Guitar Ladies' Quartet which consists of the same formation has been gaining strong support among audience. The arrangement used in the early days of Niibori Method was very simple, but it seemed that the warm sound touched the audience's hearts. Also, their pretty Tyrolean dress was well received by the audience.

After the intermission, the latter part of the concert by the chorus and the guitar orchestras was started. Music composed by Mozart and Japanese composers were played one after another. The surprise was that students of Tokyo campus who entered the academy last October, brilliantly played 'German Dance Music K.602' by Mozart. Some of them have just begun to learn how to play the guitar since the entrance of the academy. It can be said that they are the live proof of excellence of the Niibori Method. The concert was come to an end with 'Japon Siempre Japon' played by the joint guitar orchestra of the students of 4 campuses. 'Japon Siempre Japon' is a masterpiece dedicated to the Niibori Guitar Orchestra by M. Sonlucar who was a famous Spanish composer.

Although the concert lasted 2 hours and half, a variety of performances and attractive guitar sound never tired the audience to the end.

The academies (4 campuses) welcome students from foreign countries. If you are interested in a guitar orchestra and the original guitars and wish to learn them, the academies must be the best educational facilities in the world. Please feel free to make a contact as follows anytime.

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