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October 13, 2017

The Roland Dyens International Arranging Competition

12:00 a.m. 11:57 p.m. Event has no end time
All day | Louis P. Ciminelli Recital Hall

With the approval and encouragement from the family of Roland Dyens, Seconda Prattica is presenting the “Roland Dyens International Arrangement Competition for Solo Guitar” in this 2017 season. As continues to grow and become the preeminent online PDF-only publisher, we are pleased to once again sponsor this prestigious competition. Sadly, the world of music suffered a great loss when Maestro Dyens died in October 2016, but to keep his passion and advocacy for the art of arranging alive, his competition will continue.

Following in the tradition of the classical and romantic eras, the objective of this competition is to inspire the creation of new arrangements for the classical guitar at the highest possible artistic levels. In the twenty-first century, the composer/performer most associated with the gold standard of guitar arrangements is Dyens. Maestro Dyens is internationally recognized as advancing the art of arranging to the highest level the guitar has seen to date. Following in the footsteps of history’s great arrangers: Francisco Tarrega, Miguel Llobet, and Emilio Pujol, Dyens has had a profound impact on the guitar repertoire and had personally birthed the idea of this arrangement competition to promote and advance this vital musical genre.

The Great Lakes Guitar Society is hosting the symposium offerings of this festival. Its mission this year is to celebrate Roland Dyens’ life and unparalleled contributions to the guitar world and repertoire. The “Dyens Retrospective Festival and Symposium,” along with the “Roland Dyens International Arrangement Competition for Solo Guitar,” will showcase artists, arrangers, and pedagogs that have worked closely with Roland Dyens.

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