Preludio in C Minor by Augustín Barrios (1885- 1944)
Barrios’s compositions can be divided into three basic categories: folkloric, imitative and religious. Barrios paid tribute to the music and people of his native land by composing pieces modeled after folk songs from South America and Central America. Imitating the compositional style and techniques of the Baroque and Romantic periods was another side to his craftsmanship.
Agustin Barrios Mangore a paraguyan guitarist who played on metal strings. Preludio is a sad song reminiscient of Bach. The song is structured like Bach’s “Prelude in C” with each bar being repeated (See earlier article). Between the two songs, I find this song more difficult. I suggest learning Bach’s “Prelude in C” before attempting this one. Many of Barrios’ songs require great fingerwork on both hands. He is one of those guitarists like tarrega who composes using the lowest note to highest (the 19th fret of the high e string).
This song is challenging on both hands, predominately the left. Preludio is not a song for boys, but men! Even now as I play this song, my wrist hurts from the onslaught of barred chords. ( p i a m a i ) pattern for the right hand mostly.
Play it slow at a constant tempo. No rush. In slow songs, all notes should be suspend or held as long as possible to fill the void. The right hand plucking also alters subtly so pay close attention to the ( p i a m a i ) pattern