1.The contrast principle

According to the character – virtuous, bright pieces alternates with the opposite to the lyric ones. This principle has a deficiency – if the program is large, and then toward the end of the concert the listener will “runs a fever”. The principle of contrast is justified in the short concert programs (5-6 plays).

2. The time period principle

“From the renaissance to our days” is constructed the majority of contemporary concert programs. Essence of this principle is showing of the development of music through prism of time.

The playing of one work in each style (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern) It is usual, interesting and has a great effect on the listener, furthermore the guitarist demonstrates the skill to play in the different styles of music(true, not always).

3. The one composer principle (The One epoch principle)

Such concerts can undertake musicians with the large experience. Ex; David Russell wrote down to the disk: Integral of Tárrega, Francisco and Antonio Lauro

4. The cycle of pieces principle

Any cycles of works are played in the concert. Ex: Andrés Segovia interpreting the cycle “Castillos de Espana” writen by Federico Moreno Torroba Kazuhito Yamashita – “12 studies” by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Etc.

5. The one style priciple

There are guitarists, who play predominantly in one style, but very well. Ex: Costas Cotsiolis plays exceptionally music of Leo Brouwer Pavel Steidl – music of Johann Kaspar Mertz etc. These are the basic principles of compiling a concert programs.Let us examine the most popular principle: “from the renaissance to our days”. The structure of program is for ex. such:

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach, Silvius Leopold Weiss, John Dowland, Gaspar Sanz, Alonso Mudarra, Luis de Milan, Robert de Visee etc.
  2. Fernando Sor, Mauro Giuliani, Dionisio Aguado, Luigi Legnani, Niccolò Paganini, Ferdinando Carulli, etc.
  3. Francisco Tárrega, Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados, Joaquin Turína etc
  4. Manuel Maria Ponce, Astor Piazzolla, Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, Nikita Koshkin etc.

“Bis” – virtuous or lyric bright, colorful works.

Now, being oriented along the list, it is possible to select plays, relying on one’s own musical taste, taking also into account your technical capabilities. I do not advise to play “on the limit”, the freer you will fell yourselves during the performance of program, the better.