Scott Kritzer Arrangements for Classical Guitar – Audio and Musical Samples

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Nessun Dorma – Audio Sample

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God Rest Ye - Audio Sample

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Christmas Youth – Audio Sample

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – Audio Sample 

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We Three Kings of Orient Are – Audio Sample 

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Hark the Herald Angels Sing – Audio Sample

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Silent Night – Audio Sample 

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Joy to the World – Audio Sample

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Der Leiermann Musical Sample (audio not available at this time).



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Christmas Concert for the Water Music Festival – Long Beach, WA – December 14th


SUNDAY • DECEMBER 14, 2014 • 2-4 • INN AT HARBOUR VILLAGE {Map} • $5 suggested donation at the door
Classical Guitar ChristmasWelcome the holiday season by treating yourself to an exquisite afternoon of music!  I’m back for my 6th appearance with the Water Music Festival in a 20141011-_MG_3072 copyprogram of Christmas Carols and works by Bach, Weiss and Albeniz.  And the award-winning Ilwaco High School show choir will entertain you to start off your festive afternoon.  The Inn at Harbour Village will be the venue and will be decorated beautifully for the holidays.  Enjoy hot and cold beverages and a lovely array of homemade cookies and other sweet treats!  Just $5 suggested donation at the door!  A portion  of the proceeds will help fund educational workshop and performance  opportunities for our local school music programs.
Out of town concert-goers might like to stay at my favorite place the Shelburne Inn located on the Long Beach Peninsula – great dining and wonderful rooms! For reservations call 360-642-2442. Join me for a post concert get together at the Shelburne!
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Performance with Chamber Music Amici – Quintet No 4 in D major by Luigi Boccherini

With it’s final movement (the Fandango) Luigi Boccherini’s Quintet No 4 for string quartet and guitar builds wonderfully, movement to movement, to this crowning finale, complete with rasqueado’s and castanets!

On Monday, December 8th I’ll be performing the Quintet with Eugene’s Chamber Music Amici on their “Mozart and Boccherini” concert to be held at the Wildish Community Theater in Springfield, Oregon. The concert begins at 7:30 pm. Also on the program is Mozart’s Eb Piano Quintet featuring pianist Victor Steinhart.
Chamber Music Amici’s core musicians include Pilar Bradshaw, violin; Amy Goeser Kolb, oboe; Steven Pologe, cello; Sharon Schuman, violin; and Victor Steinhardt, piano. With the motto, “Creating community through great music,” the mission of Chamber Music Amici is to produce excellent, affordable chamber music concerts which appeal to all ages. “Fandango on.” I say!
Tickets for the December 8th performance can be purchased HERE.

Wildish Community Theater

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Christmas Carol Arrangements for Classical Guitar by Scott Kritzer

Classical Guitar Christmas Sheet Music

It’s always fun to learn and play Christmas music this time of year and so, after numerous requests, I’m making many of the arrangements from my Classical Guitar Christmas recording available in PDF. You can purchase each arrangement individually or as a book of seven Christmas carols.

These popular arrangements for classical guitar are available by going to PayPal . Simply enter my email address, ( and deposit $4.95 for each arrangement (please indicate which arrangement you’d like) or choose to order all seven arrangements for $19.95. Within 24 hours you’ll be emailed your music. Samples of each arrangement are listed below. Order for yourself or for your favorite guitarist!

To purchase the Classical Guitar Christmas recording please go to my Store.

To purchase other recordings and arrangements please go to my Store.

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Der Leiermann by Franz Schubert for Solo Guitar

With the drone of the hurdy-gurdy as its backdrop this arrangement, the final work from Franz Schubert’s epic work Die Winterreise, gives the classical guitarist a chance to play one of the great works from the Romantic period on solo guitar.

Featured in the 2008 film In Bruges, Der Leiermann is the final work of a major song cycle set to the poetry of Wilhelm Müller. This haunting work reflects the desperation of a street musician (a hurdy-gurdy player) as he plays with stiff fingers, barefoot on the frozen ground. His begging plate is empty and the only attention he garners is from snarling dogs.

Characteristic of Schubert’s Winterriese is the elevation of the accompaniment in equality to the singer.  Der Leiermann’s accompaniment features a repetitive pattern, with slight variations – each answered with a haunting melody that reflects the desperation of Müller’s poem.I made this arrangement after a series of performances with baritone Marc Gremm. I realized that placing both the accompaniment and vocal line together was a natural fit for the deep sound of the classical guitar. The reentrant tuning of the 5th and 6th strings makes this a moderately easy work to learn and perform.

Winterriese was Schubert’s final work and Der Leiermann was edited by the composer just before his death in 1828.

To purchase a copy of this arrangement as well as other arrangements go to my Store and scroll down to Arrangements. Arrangements from my Classical Guitar Christmas are also available there.

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Thursdays @ Three – Live Radio Broadcast from the Studios of KQAC, October 30th

‘Thursdays @ Three’ is an intimate weekly broadcast by radio station All Classical KQAC, in their wonderful new facility on the banks of the Willamette River. ‘Thursdays @ Three’ showcases live music and conversation with host Robert McBride – all in the company of a studio audience. If you want to be part of the studio audience go to Studio Request Form.

Photo by Hiroshi Iwaya

On Thursday October 30th (at 3:00 pm PDT) I’ll be performing works originally for guitar as well as popular arrangements for the instrument including works by Villa-Lobos, Bach, Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albeniz. I’ll be joined by pianist Susan McDaniel and we’ll compare the Spanish work Asturias, played on both its original instrument (piano) and guitar.

‘Thursdays @ Three’ host Robert McBride says “I love to talk with musicians about what they do, so that’s always part of the mix”.

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Robert says “People in the studio audience are encouraged to use social media to share the event, as long as they don’t disturb anyone. We always take pictures and share them on facebook”. The audience is lead into the studio at 2:30 and then greeted by Robert McBride at 2:45. Then it’s live radio, around the world 3:00 pm PDT!

If you can’t make it to the KQAC studio be sure to listen by going to 89.9 FM or if you’re outside the local broadcast range simply go to All Classical and click on the ‘Listen’ button. And while you’re there click on the ‘Donate’ button as well and become a member of this great station where you get commercial free classical music every hour of every day…

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Acoustic Guitar Masters Premiere Performance – Saturday, October 11 – Portland, Oregon

Acoustic Guitar Masters, featuring fingerstyle guitarist Mark Hanson, jazz guitarist Eric Skye, and classical guitarist Scott Kritzer, will be in concert on Saturday, October 11th at Tabor Space located at 5441 SE Belmont Street in Portland, Oregon. The concert begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door or in advance through Eventbrite. (Advanced tickets are suggested).

The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in communicating across genres of music. The October 11th concert will bring out the best of these styles when these three standouts from the worlds of classical, jazz and fingerstyle perform music from Miles Davis to Villa-Lobos to Americana ballads.

Also featured on the program will be a new arrangement of the popular Cuban lullaby – sung by mothers to their children – called the Afro Cuban Lullaby played together by Hanson, Kritzer and Sky.

Fingerstyle Master Mark Hanson

Fingerstyle guitarist and author Mark Hanson won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the “Henry Mancini – Pink Guitar” CD. His graceful approach to the guitar defines smooth and belies the intricacies of his masterful fingerstyle playing. An engaging performer, he has shared the stage with many of the greats, including Tommy Emmanuel, John Renbourn, and the late Jerry Garcia. Mark played for the President of the United States in 2009.

Mark has written over two dozen titles on playing guitar, including the best-selling Art of Contemporary Travis Picking. His numerous recordings continue to play on NPR and Martha Stewart Living, even on American Idol! Each summer he runs his own Accent On Music Fingerstyle Guitar Seminar at PSU in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Jazz Guitarist Eric Skye

Eric Skye occupies a unique niche. Most often billed as a jazz guitarist, this original musician plays in an eclectic style by exploring jazz, americana, and blues. His music speaks with a popping melody over an engaging percussive groove. His most recent recording, A Different Kind Of Blue, was officially acknowledged by the Miles Davis estate and chosen by the magazine Acoustic Guitar as one of the top ten albums of 2012. Eric Skye has also been featured in Guitar Player Magaine and his music has been heard on National Public Radio and Public Radio International.

Scott Kritzer displays a consummate commitment to technical excellence and an unparalleled sense of musicality that evokes the lyricism of his teacher’s teacher, Andres Segovia. His appearences have brought him decades of accolades from audiences and critics alike. He has debuted to critical acclaim in London’s Wigmore Hall and New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and performed in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. In 1996 he was chosen by Senator Mark O. Hatfield to represent the State of Oregon in a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Scott’s recordings include Classical Guitar Christmas, Romance for Guitar, as well as his recordings with soprano Janet Chvatal: Songs of the Americas and In The Blue Hour.

In addition to an active performing career, Scott is a highly sought after instructor. Some of his students have gone on to attend such notable institutions as The Juilliard School, The Royal Conservatory of Music, and his alma mater, The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His annual Classical Guitar Immersion, held at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, Oregon, sells out and draws classical guitar aficionados worldwide.

Tickets for the Saturday, October 11th performance are $20 and available at the door or in advance through Eventbrite.

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Water Music Festival with the Miramont Trio – SOLD OUT!


Leadbetter Farms

The Miramont Trio (Janet Chvatal – coloratura soprano, Marc Gremm – baritone and Scott Kritzer – classical guitar) will perform for the Water Music Festival’s 30th Season Celebration on Saturday, October 18th at the Leadbetter Farms Lighthouse in Long Beach, Washington. Local fans are invited to come for the weekend. Come stay with us at the Shelburne Inn. Saturday night’s festivities begin at 6 pm. Leadbetter Farms is a fantasy venue with flaming dragons, outdoor sculptures and a lagoon on 600 oceanside acres. The concert is held in the lavishly built lighthouse. Enjoy the Leadbetter Farms sunset before the concert with wine from a no-host bar and wonderful light bites from the area’s best restaurants. Then settle in for an exquisite and highly entertaining evening of music by the Miramont Trio, one of Water Music Festival’s all-time favorite artist ensembles to perform here! The Chvatal/Kritzer Duo’s premier performance was at the Water Music Festival in 1996 and they have been featured many times since. Thier 2014 performance will include opera and chamber works arranged by Kritzer including Bizet’s Habanera (LISTEN), Puccini’s Nessun Dorma  for solo guitar, and works by Andrew Llyod Webber, Schubert, Albeniz and Bach.

American soprano Janet Chvatal made her professional debut on Broadway in THE FANTASTIKS, and her European debut in Vienna as “Christine”in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. German Baritone

The Miramont Trio

Marc Gremm’s first musical performances included the leading role in THE SECRET GARDEN and DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES. Soon after, Mr. Gremm performed the leading role of “Javert” in LES MISERABLES. Guitarist Scott Kritzer’s consummate commitment to technical excellence as the solid structure beneath an unparalleled sense of musicality has brought him decades of accolades from audiences and critics alike in concert halls around the world including Carnegie Recital Hall and Wigmore Hall in London. In 1996, he was chosen by then Senator Mark O. Hatfield to represent the State of Oregon in a performance at the Kennedy Center.

Other artists on the weekends events include the Augustana Jazz Quartet (Friday, October 17th) and the Grammy-Award winning Tingstad and Rumble on Saturday afternoon on the 18th. Those who would like to visit for the weekend can book rooms at the historic Shelburne Inn. Mention the Miramont Trio and receive a 10% discount on your stay! You’ll likely hear some informal performances by the artists at the Shelburne and be treated to fantastic farm to table dining. Also, hang around after the concerts for some late night appetizers and drinks with the artists!

Long Beach

For more information and to purchase tickets go to Water Music Festival.

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SOLD OUT – Classical Guitar Immersion 10th Anniversary – June 12th-19th 2015

UPDATE: CGI ’15 is sold out before the open registration date of September 1st! Cancellations do happen so those who would like to be put on a waiting list can send a refundable deposit of $395 to the address listed below. You’ll be notified by April 5th (after final payment is due) if there is a spot available. If there are no spots available for you you’ll be refunded your deposit by April 10th. The good news is that with your deposit you’ll get the preparation benefits of my online practice plan and introduction to my Practice Directives in preparation of your potential pieces at CGI.

The 10th Annual Classical Guitar Immersion will take place June 12th-19th, 2015 at the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center located on the beautiful Columbia River Gorge 20 minutes east of Portland, Oregon. CGI 2015 marks the 10th Anniversary of this annual workshop led by international touring classical guitarist Scott Kritzer. With the picturesque Columbia River Gorge as a backdrop Mr. Kritzer shares 35 years of performing and teaching experience in a friendly and engaging manner. Mr. Kritzer leads a handful of students through practice concepts, technical exercises and the philosophy behind his performance skills. The week ends with two informal student recitals.

CGI ’15 Highlights

  • Week-long series of master classes and lectures
  • Ensemble Rehearsals
  • Supervised Practice Sessions
  • Filming of each lesson available for immediate review
  • Private opening night concert by Scott Kritzer in Creevey Hall
  • The preparation of two informal public performances
  • Bi weekly video and written practice directive instructions beginning in April, 2015
  • Registrants will receive the Scott Kritzer Practice Plan (an online automated practice plan that will allow you to organize your practice leading up to CGI ’15)

“Scott’s coaching at CGI provides the ‘missing link of knowledge’ for going from the practice room to the performance stage”.  Teresa Jaworski – 2012, 2014 participant

The CGI immersion process takes place through a week-long series of master classes, lectures, supervised practice sessions and ensemble rehearsals (see CGI ’15 Schedule below). CGI participants prepare two performances. The first recital is an informal performance for the Menucha Retreat Community and special guests. The second performance is a private performance for CGI participants.

How is CGI Different from other Guitar Events? CGI is unlike most other week-long guitar events. Often guitar festivals or workshops include a series of performances and different teachers from which the student draws a diverse and often diffused message. At CGI students are immersed in a single effective approach to repertoire choice, practice techniques and performing skills that are tailored to each player’s needs. The student develops and grows tremendously throughout the week. The transformed player can take these learned skills and continue to apply them to his or her practice and performing.

To aid in the immersion process, beginning in April 2015, each participant will receive biweekly practice directive assignments in written and video form. Registrants will also be given the Scott Kritzer Practice Plan; a tool of immense value for managing your practice sessions. In addition each master class lesson at CGI is recorded for the student’s immediate review.

One final bonus, to mark CGI’s 10th Anniversary I’ll be performing a private opening night concert in Creevey Hall for CGI Participants.

Beginners through Advanced Players Welcome! CGI accepts beginners through advanced players. The only requirement is that you agree to have 10 minutes of memorized repertoire ready by
June, 2015.

Registration The fee for CGI ’15 is $1895 and includes entrance to all classes and workshops, lodging and meals. To register for CGI ’15 send a non-refundable deposit of $395. Registration is on a first come first served basis. Students from the previous year’s CGI have first options until September 1st, 2015 at which time registration opens to the general public. Final payment is due April 3rd, 2015.

Send payment to:
8285 Sw Canyon Lane
Portland, Or 97225

Morning Walks at Menucha

CGI ’14 Schedule
The Schedule at CGI is optimized for the CGI Recital with intense work early followed by more practice and reflective time. Most people arrive late morning to early afternoon of the first day. Airport pick-ups, and drop-offs, will be provided by our generous local students.

Friday, June 12th
1:00-3:00 Portland Airport Arrivals and Pick-ups
4:00-5:00 Check-in
5:00-5:30 Orientation
7:00-8:00 Dinner
8:30-10:00 Scott Kritzer, Concert

Saturday, June 13th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class
3:30-6:00 Open
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Sunday, June 14th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class
3:30-6:00 Open
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Monday, June 15th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class
3:30-6:00 Open
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Tuesday, June 16th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Master Class
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class
3:30-6:00 Open
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Ensemble Rehearsal

Wednesday, June 17th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Ensemble Rehearsal & Performance Staging
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Open
3:30-4:00 Ensemble Rehearsal
4:30-5:45 CGI Recital in Creevey
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30-9:00 Performance Reviews & Goals

Thursday, June 18th
8:00-9:00 Breakfast
9:30-10:30 Open
10:30-11:30 Private CGI Student Recital
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:30-3:30 Master Class (New Works)
4:30-5:30 How to Practice
6:00-7:00 Dinner
7:30:00-10:00 Outdoor Fireplace

Friday, June 19th
7:30-8:00 Check-out
8:00-9:00 Breakfast

Schedule subject to change

At work @ CGI ’13

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Kritzer Studio Student Features

YouTube Video of Saturday Morning Technique and Repertoire Work

Its great to see the function in the young hands of Ibrahim, Ogden and Michael Hermes. These players have worked hard on positioning and the concepts of alternation and sympathetic motion – important movement forms found in the classical guitarists’ repertoire. These movement forms, when mastered in technique, are bridged into repertoire through right hand mapping. (Covered in Chapter 5 of my upcoming book on classical guitar technique)

Thanks to students Ibrahim, Ogden and Michael Hermes. Notice Ogden’s ‘groan’ as we begin as well as Ibrahim and Ogden’s exasperating photo after we finished.

Ibrahim and Ogden Show Their Excitement for Technique Work

Michael Hermes also demonstrates some slow practice work on the Bach Chaconne. Michael also just added his second masterclass appearance, this time for Manuel Barruceo. His first masterclass was for Pepe Romero. Keep up the good work boys!


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