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"GUITARRA" poem by Federico Garcia Lorca

"GUITARRA" by Federico Garcia Lorca

The cry of the guitar
begins.
The crystal goblets of dawn
shatter.
The cry of the guitar
begins.
It is useless to silence it.
It is impossible
to silence it.
It weeps monotonously
like water weeps,
like the wind wails
over the fallen snow.
It is impossible
to silence it.
It weeps for things
distant.
The sand of the hot South
aches for white camelias.
The arrow without target,
the evening without morning,
and the first bird
dead upon the branch,
weep.
O guitar-
heart grieviously wounded
by fives knives!

"Sloky O Praze" (Poem of Prague)

"Sloky O Praze" (Poem of Prague)

Czech
English

Tebe Praho je tak tezke opoustet

Tve Hradcany a Tveho Mikulase

tvoje vlastovky, jez odletaji plase

s vezi, kam se vraceji vzdy

Parlando: z tech cest jez vedou z Petrina

jichz se nikdy,nidky dosti nenasytim

Vltava, z niz trpyti se jen hladina

jako rybi kuze jiz se trochu stitim

na tisice oken strech a okenic

v nichz se ziji titiz lide jak ja ziji

rezave tve strechy jimz se nevyrovna nic

k tomu jeste cosi

tvou, tvou Poesii

kez by slysel clovek tvoje zvony znet

az mu sluch jiz ztrati smysl pro tva slova

Tebe, Praho je tak tezke opouset

pro Tvou krasu, Praho, chtel bych ziti znova

It is so difficult to leave you Prague

Your castle area and your Christmas "Mikulas" celebration

your swallows who fly away shyly

with towers, to which they always return back in the spring

from the paths leading away from Petrin hill

which [one] never tires of

Vltava, from which only the surface glitters

like skin of fish which I am somewhat "above"

at thousands of windows roofs and [window]shutters

in which live thousands of people like I live myself

your rusty roofs that nothing compares to (*)

something else yet to add ..

your, your poetry

if a person could only hear your bells sounding

until hearing would lose meaning for your words

You Prague, it is so difficult to leave

for your beauty, Prague, I would like to live once more

 "Sloky O Praze" (Poem of Prague)

About

Bruce Paine had a fascination for the guitar from a very early age and gave his first guitar performance at the age of eleven before his censorious school assembly of peers at Wesley Intermediate School, Auckland. He didn't grasp his capacity for performing until much later, because it was another fourteen years before he embarked on full-time study of the classical guitar at the University of Auckland. His love of the guitar and a desire to develop his musician's skills helped him decide to change from a career in Computer Programming to the scholastic pursuit of music.

Bruce Paine playing Simon Marty GuitarFollowing four years study, having completed a Diploma in Music with honours, Bruce attended the 1995 Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival and Competition, in which he became a semi-finalist and participated in masterclasses with internationally renowned guitarists John Williams and Stepan Rak.

A well known Auckland classical guitarist, Bruce has appeared as guest guitarist with the Auckland Choral, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and as soloist with the St Matthews Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez. He has also appeared on TVNZ and Dunedin's Channel Nine.

In 1998, Bruce took his guitar and music to audiences in Austria, the Czech Republic and Great Britain. The highlight of this European tour being a shared concert with the Czech virtuoso guitarist and composer, Stepan Rak, at the prestigious Dum U Kamenneho Zvonu (Palace at the Stone Bell) in the heart of Prague. A concert in England marked the beginning of friendship with and respect for UK guitar composer and teacher, Derek Hasted, and members of the Derek Hasted Guitar Orchestra.

Since being established as a Radio New Zealand recording artist, Bruce has found a passion for recording and has been involved in a range of different projects. He has to date released seven solo guitar CD's including Guitar@Museum that was recorded in the impressive grand foyer of the Auckland War Memorial Museum.  Two of Bruce's albums, Lateral Lines and Tonewood and Bearclaw, feature the amazing acoustics of St Michael's catholic church in Remuera Auckland.

While he has a real love for traditional classical guitar repertoire, Bruce is not afraid to explore new possibilities.  From 2007 he wrote, performed and recorded a collection of his own solo guitar compositions.  For these he drew inspiration from various images including underwater sea life, New Zealand scenery, an English country church and a Russian folk poem.  The resulting pieces all appear on his CD Lateral Lines released in June 2008.  In 2009, these debut recordings were described by Wellington based guitarist Gunter Herbig, as “a wonderful achievement and a milestone for New Zealand guitar composition, deserving a wide and international audience and exposure.” 

Bruce's most ambitious composing and recording project, completed in 2012, was a feature length music video with guitar music inspired by the historic place Alberton.  In 2014 he composed a song cycle entitled Roto Boys consisting of five songs with lyrics sourced from texts written by soldiers involved in the Gallipoli campaign at the start of World War One.  Two of the songs were broadcast by Radio New Zealand National during ANZAC weekend in April 2015, coinciding perfectly with the 100th anniversary of the first landing of New Zealand and Australian troops in Gallipoli.  In 2016 Bruce completed two suites for the New Zealand Guitar Quartet along with a duet version of Finchdean

As a classical guitar composer Bruce aims to write music that is original, imaginative and accessible to as many listeners as possible.  He is proud of the fact that his compositions are being broadcast on New Zealand radio as well as being embraced by student and professional guitarists alike.

Alberton

Photo of Alberton house by Bruce Paine

Alberton is a colonial mansion situated in the heart of Auckland in the suburb of Mount Albert. It was built in 1863 from New Zealand native kauri timber and constructed as a standard, two story farm house. The house and farm of over 500 acres was owned by Allan Kerr Taylor who emigrated from England to New Zealand in 1849 aged 15, sailing alone on board the Duke of Portland.

In the 1860s Mt Albert land was sparsely populated with none of the suburban housing that exists today. Bare land extended from the house as far as the eye could see - or at least as far as places such as Ponsonby where early housing was already being developed.

Photo of Alberton by Bruce Paine

Allan Kerr Taylor had success in business and by the 1870s decided to splash out and have extensions added to the house. He employed celebrated architect Matthew Henderson who, as well as adding a ballroom and south wing, designed decorative, Indian inspired verandahs and towers that transformed the appearance of the house. At this stage the building was nearly but not quite as it can be seen today. The upper verandah was not then covered and the room now known as the sewing room was a later addition of the early 1900s.

Allan Kerr Taylor died suddenly in 1990 and left his wife Sophia with large debts to manage and to take over the running of the farm. Sophia, an attractive, intelligent and forthright woman, became active in the community and an outspoken supporter of the New Zealand suffrage movement in the late 1890s to early 1900s.

Photo of Alberton by Bruce Paine

After Sophia's death in 1930, her three unmarried daughters Winifred, Mildred and Muriel lived on at Alberton. By the late 1960s just Muriel remained and on her death in 1972, she left her beloved home in the care of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. The house was extensively restored by the Trust and opened to the public in 1973.

Bruce Paine first came to know Alberton when as a young boy he was taken to view the house as a holiday outing. Years later, having graduating from the Auckland University School of Music he discovered that the ballroom was a great venue for classical guitar concerts and family celebrations, anniversaries, etc. It was following several such concerts and family events that the idea of making a DVD about Alberton came about.

Bruce Paine in concert at Alberton in Auckland

As well as offering a superb musical experience, the Alberton DVD is a great way to get to know the house, especially for anyone who is unable to go there in person.

Click here to find out more about the Alberton DVD...

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Bruce Paine Classical Guitarist

Welcome to the website of Auckland classical guitarist and classical guitar composer Bruce Paine.

Find out about future concert events here.

Browse Bruce's guitar CD titles here.  They make lovely gifts!

Original classical guitar sheet music is also available here.

"A fine solo performance..." Classical Guitar Magazine

"Guitarist Paine a name to watch..." Christchurch Press

Lest We Forget

ANZAC Day 100th

Listen to songs written in memory of a group of men from the small farming district of Roto-o-rangi in Cambridge New Zealand who fought together at Gallipoli on April 25th 1915.  Roto-o-rangi means 'Lake of Heaven' and was the home of Ernest Wilkin Cox, William David Kemp, Alexander Thomason, Francis Asbury Paine and John William Peake.

Roto Boys Album Cover

Links

Guitars

Rod Capper, Auckland guitar maker

Instrumentalists

Derek Hasted, guitar orchestra site
Hampshire Guitar Orchestra
Jan-Matej Rak - Guitarist (Czech Republic)

Guitar and Music Societies

Classic Guitar Society of Auckland
Christchurch Guitar Society

Artist Friends of Bruce Paine

Myung Lee
Portrait of Bruce Paine by Myung LeePortrait artist Myung Lee enjoys exploring different styles and subjects. Her love of architecture, the geometry of urban spaces and the play of light and colour is shown in her approach and application.  One of Myung's abstract works is entitled 'Finchdean' after Bruce's guitar composition. A CD recording of the piece was listened to while the painting took shape.  Myung has also drawn and painted Bruce's portrait.

Craig Humberstone
Craig Humberstone seeks within a detailed, representative style, to document natural compositions from the Northland foreshore, mud flats and high tide zones, and the results of these cyclical processes of nature.

CD Related

Guitar CDs and more at GuitarCDs.co.uk
Classic Sound - Acoustic Music Recording

Miscellaneous

Aaron Shepard - Sea King's Daughter
General Information about Tinnitus (For fellow sufferers!)

Other Sites

Comfoot Footwear Auckland (My brother-in-law sells shoes!)
Ellerslie Foot & Physio Clinic Auckland (Highly recommended!)
Leigh Harbour Valley Society (A society devoted to restoring the Leigh harbour valley coastal bush and waterways.)

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Recordings

CD - Tonewood and Bear Claw released July 2015

Nineteenth century classical guitar solos performed on two copies of period instruments.  Works by Tarrega, Sor, Schubert, Chopin, Mozzani and Arcas. Recorded at St Michael's Church, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.

DVD+CD Set - Alberton released June 2012

Original solos for solo guitar composed and performed by Bruce Paine and three guitar duets featuring Auckland guitarist Rex Button. All recordings were made at St Michael's Church, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.

CD - Lateral Lines released July 2008

Original solos for solo guitar composed and performed by Bruce Paine at St Michael\'\'s Church, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand.

CD - Guitar @ Museum released March 2005

Works by Torroba, Fleury, Hamilton, Houghton, Albeniz, Tarrega and Duarte recorded at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand.

CD - Second Recital for Guitar - Sept 2000

Works by Derek Hasted, Nikita Koshkin, Stepan Rak, Jose Luis Merlin and Regino Sainz de la Maza.

CD - Recital for Guitar released April 1997

Works by Miguel Llobet, Agustin Barrios, Luigi Mozzani, Astor Piazzolla, Joaquin Rodrigo and Leo Brouwer

Radio New Zealand Recordings

Works by Peter Sculthorpe, Joaquin Rodrigo and Leo Brouwer (broadcast July 1996)

March 1996, Variations and Fugue on La Folia by Manual M. Ponce

April 1994, works by Miguel Llobet, Manuel de Falla, Agustin Barrios and Joaquin Turina

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Works...

Solo Guitar

New Zealand Suite for Guitar
1. Mountain Cascade
2. Rotoiti Twilight
3. The Forest Awakens

Sea Suite
1. Sea Life
2. The Wale and the Octopus
3. Dance of the Walrus
4. Shark Dream and Reprise

Finchdean

The Sea King’s Daughter
1. Sadko's Zither
2. The River Volkhov
3. Sad Song
4. Search for the Sea King's Palace
5. The Sea King Dances up a Storm
6. Temptation and Return to Novgorod
7. Sadko's Welcome Home.

Still Life (Alberton DVD)
Sea Shanty (Alberton DVD)
Mountain Muse (Alberton DVD)
Seringapatam (Alberton DVD)
Comfortude (Alberton DVD)
Alberton Waltz (Alberton DVD)
Tuis and Daffodils (Alberton DVD)
Music Box Waltz (Alberton DVD)

Southerly Brings Love (a reflection on English folksong 'Blow the Wind Southerly')
Dream Weaving (a reflection on Scottish folksong 'Peat Fire Flame')
Tears Turn (a reflection on Irish folksong 'Siúil A Rún')
Love Changes (a reflection on Scotts/English folksong 'O Waly Waly')
Circle Dance (a reflection on the English folk song 'A Rosebud in June')

Intermediate Finchdean
Waitemata Reverie (WW1 centenary tribute)
Tua Marina Sonata (Commissioned by John Couch)

Guitar Duet

Alberton Duet (Alberton DVD)
Annie Laurie Variations (Alberton DVD)
Patty's Galop (Alberton DVD)
Finchdean Duet

Guitar Quartet

Aotearoa Suite (for the New Zealand Guitar Quartet)
The Art of Sound and Movement (Commissioned by John Couch for NZGQ)
Pokarekare Ana (arrangement for Dominique Blatti and 'Con Tempo' guitar orchestra)

Voice and Guitar

Gallipoli Songs
1. Dear Mother
2. Before the Fun
3. Day of Days
4. In Times Like These 

 

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