Recording the Classical Guitar

Mark Marrington’s new book, Recording the Classical Guitar (Routledge 2021), charts the evolution of classical guitar recording practice from the early twentieth century to the present day, encompassing the careers of many of the instrument’s most influential practitioners from the acoustic era to the advent of the CD. A key focus is on the ways in which guitarists’ recorded repertoire programs have shaped the identity of the instrument, particularly where national allegiances and musical aesthetics are concerned. The book also considers the ways in which changing approaches to recording practice have conditioned guitarists’ conceptions of the instrument’s ideal representation in recorded form and situates these in relation to the development of classical music recording aesthetics more generally. An important addition to the growing body of literature in the field of phonomusicology, the book will be of interest to both guitarists and producers as well as students of record production and historians of classical music recording. The book can be purchased on Amazon from 31st March 2021.