Dr. Randall (R. C.) Kohl will present a solo guitar recital of compositions and arrangements by the Orizaban guitarist Octaviano Yáñez (1865-1927) who, though largely unknown today, was considered Mexico’s finest classical guitarist during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Compositions by Yáñez that will be performed include “Anita,” “Domitila” and “Último Amor” along with his arrangements of popular works of the day such as Felipe Villanueva’s “Vals Poético,” Luis G. Jorda’s “Elodia” and Franz Lehar’s “Merry Widow Waltz.” This program of simple, enjoyable melodies set to waltz and habanera rhythms pleasantly portrays the salon music of Mexico’s “belle époque.” Dr. Kohl is an instructor on the Music Faculty at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, and a member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (National System of Researchers).
The CD Homenaje and its public presentation are partially funded by the Instituto Veracruzano de la Cultura of Veracruz, Mexico.
R. C. Kohl
Compositions and arrangements for guitar by Octaviano Yáñez
Preludio en mi menor – O. Yáñez
Preludio en la menor – O. Yáñez
Último amor – O. Yáñez
Domitila – O. Yáñez
Anita – O. Yáñez
Romanza – O. Yáñez
Romanza (Estudio) – O. Yáñez
Vals poético – F. Villanueva (arr. O. Yanez)
Adorables tormentas – R. Barthélemy (arr. O. Yáñez)
Célebre danza de la Chin Chun Chan – L. G. Jordá (arr. O. Yáñez)
Elodia – L. G. Jordá (arr. O. Yáñez)
Viuda alegre/Luxemberg Valzer – F. Léhar (arr. O. Yáñez)
Cuando el amor muere – O. Crémieux (arr. O. Yáñez)
Dr. Randall (R. C.) Kohl earned a BA in Music with Honors from the University of California in Santa Cruz, an MA in Ethnomusicology from the University of Hawai’i, and a Doctorate in History and Regional Studies from the Universidad Veracruzana. He has recorded several CDs, among them Dos lados del corazón, a recording of original compositions for solo guitar; Rags, Jazz, Bluegrass y Más, an exploration of US musical stylings for guitar; Les Deux Amis, guitar duets with Roberto Aguirre; R. C. Kohl, with more of his original compositions for guitar quartet and solo classical guitar; and Landscapes for guitar and orchestra, with still more original compositions. He has also published several books, including Ecos de “La Bamba”. Una historia etnomusicológica sobre el son jarocho de Veracruz (IVEC, 2007); Estudios étnicos para la guitarra clásica Universidad Veracruzana, 2009); Escritos de un náufrago habitual.
Ensayos sobre el son jarocho y otros temas etnomusicológicos (Universidad Veracruzana, 2010); Octaviano Yáñez. Antología de arreglos y composiciones para guitarra (UV/IVEC/GLM, 2011); and Declaraciones del Son. El requinto jarocho en la creación del conocimiento sociomusical(Estado de Veracruz, 2013). Currently, Kohl is a professor on the Music Faculty at the Universidad Veracruzana and member of Mexico’s Sistema Nacional de Investigadores.