Reflections 911 (Arrangement for Guitar, Violin and Cello)

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
My best and most emotional instrumental description of the reflections of family members and our society in the USA after the Ground Zero event in New York City, arranged for Guitar, Violin and Cello.
NOTES
Reflections 911 is dedicated to our millions of people who lost family, friends, and loved ones in one of the most shocking events in the history of the United States. I rewrote this Reflections piece which was based on and is an excerpt from my substantially larger composition called September Eleventh. I wrote September Eleventh for solo guitar in San Francisco in 2001. This short excerpt became a solo guitar piece called Ground Zero. For this recording …
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Malagueña California!: III, Tres Pensamientos Latinos

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
Here we present to you Malagueña California! You will enjoy and experience the exhilaration of these original variations on this famous theme. Listen to the excitement from your front row seat!
NOTES
My composition here is a set of alternating slow and fast variations of the famous Malagueña theme. This is the third movement of a three movement opus titled "Tres Pensamientos Latinos." It is very inspirational to me and is featured on my CD "Twenty-one Years". The Malagueña is traditionally performed everywhere in Latin America and many other countries. Known to have roots in Málaga, Spain, its origins are in folk and Flamenco …
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Song of the Birds (Solo Guitar)

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Song of the Birds, for solo guitar arranged and performed by Louis Valentine Johnson, Innovative Guitarist, is a famous and beautiful piece which is inspired and based on Pablo Casals' cello solo composition.
NOTES
This Pablo Casals' piece for solo cello was most notably performed by him in his last years at the age of 95, when he performed it as a tribute, and gave a speech at the United Nations Assembly in New York City. Casals' presentation and performance of Song of the Birds, and his dedication to human understanding and peace are documented on YouTube. I have also arranged this beautiful composition for guitar and violin, guitar and …
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Song of the Birds (Arr. for Guitar and Cello by Lou V. Johnson)

by Louis Valentine Johnson & Horatio Edens

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Song of the Birds by Pablo Casals is very well known to all cellists and a beautiful listening experience. I am happy to be able to record my arrangement for guitar and cello here with my long-time friend and cellist, Horatio Edens.
NOTES
Nearly 50 years ago, my music professor, Horatio Edens (we became close friends), handed me the orchestral score to Pablo Casals’ Song of the Birds. He said, “Why don’t you arrange this for guitar and cello. It would be an excellent piece for us to play!” So I arranged this piece and we performed it many times together. We recently, after much life had passed under the bridge, had the opportunity to restart our collaborations. …
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The Peace Concerto: II. Song of Peace

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
This composition is about peace, striving, to live in peace, and resting in peace. I performed The Song of Peace many times with my son.
NOTES
THE SONG OF PEACE
Everyone!
Open your eyes
Give your deeds
As gentle flowers
To your hearts, homes, and friends.
Know their sweet fragrance.
We are of the same earth.
More alike than different.
Gently send thoughts of peace
To those you love.
Could love, and have loved.
Take peace to the world.
Start with your family.
Share with others.
Open your eyes
To peace in the world.

Alex and Lou Johnson
September 10, 2007
Grass Valley, …
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Twenty-One Years

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
Dos Almas Music Da3501
PRELUDE TO A SHORT LIFE– Improvisatory and short, like life. Value your years, days, and moments together.
NOTES
This piece begins in retrospective D minor, and proceeds restlessly like a Renaissance lute piece with a clarity only hoped for during later storms of my son’s life. Some sections present structural economy, and others do not. Expressive music techniques of glissando, vibrato, rubato, and note bends, speak of unspeakable emotions. The last note of this work is a G sharp which becomes both a tritone to the opening chord of D, and a …
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Dark Honey

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
This piece is a warm deep voice of encouragement. It is Movement II of a three Movement composition titled Three Pastorals.
NOTES
This composition speaks to you in a quasi-French Impressionistic style and illustrates communication in a slow, sweet and warm manner. This is Movement II of Three Pastorals which I wrote. The first is movement is titled Soldier in Paradise, and the third movement is titled The Ferris Wheel.

The Peace Concerto: III. The Question

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music da 3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music da 3501
My composition titled The Question asks a complicated question which cannot be answered. If you have the answer, please let me know.
NOTES
An animated E minor introduction speaks to the happy birth of a little boy when the occasion is announced via a phone call at 2 a.m.! He emphatically says, “I am here!” He is now 8 years of age, and cherishes the stories, photographs and a few voice recordings that help imagine his past with his father. He had attained one year of age when that temporal love and influence departed. His life, love, and nurturing …
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A Soldier in Paradise

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
A memorial to our soldiers that is meant to honor what they have done and what they are still doing as they serve our nation.
NOTES
Soldier in Paradise is the first movement from Three Pastorals. It is pensive and slow in honor of those who are departed and all who are still here with us. When you listen to this composition you will hear a quotation of Taps, then a moment of silence followed by this inquiry -WHY?

Haiku II: Water, Wind and Stone

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
To my Fellow Travelers:
"a strong wind rushes
to stone mountains, cliffs, deserts
again and again"
NOTES
As a musician and guitarist for over 30 years, I have generally played other Composer's music. A few years ago, I began writing my own original pieces which have since developed into a newer and more modern sound. I decided to re-title my compositions as "Innovative Guitar" rather than Classical Guitar. While much of the older "Classical Guitar" music is beautiful, with these compositions you can hear an innovative style of guitar composition and playing.

Haiku I: If Only

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
To Life and Death - Improvisatory
"love in a mem'ry
will caress the sharp-edged pain.
...only, if only."
NOTES
Haiku I, poses the question- IF ONLY. If only something would have happened in our lives another way, or if it would not have happened at all, then maybe we would not have experienced the sharp-edged pain. As the Haiku and my composition express, only the memory of love can continually caress and soften the sharp edges of pain.

Three Pastorals: III. The Ferris Wheel

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
The Ferris Wheel portrays an expression in the life of country people who leave their peaceful existence, come into a town or city to experience the exhilaration, and excitement of a ride on a Ferris Wheel.
NOTES
As a musician and guitarist for over 30 years, I have generally played other Composer's music. A few years ago, I began writing my own original pieces which have since developed into a newer and more modern sound. I decided to re-title my compositions as "Innovative Guitar" rather than Classical Guitar. While much of the older "Classical Guitar" music is beautiful, with these compositions you can hear an innovative style of guitar composition and playing.

The Peace Concerto: I. Portraits

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Allegro Sostenuto – A sustained Fast Speed as life begins.
NOTES
This composition is dedicated to my son and grandson and is the first movement of my largest work titled The Peace Concerto. Most of the larger work which include Portraits and The Question, except for The Song of Peace, were written after Alex’s death. Having seen and participated in war as an infantry soldier in the 101st Airborne Division, I weave into this work an embodiment of hope for humanity and our condition. This …
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Tres Pensamientos Latinos: I. Snowfall in El Escorial

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Released 2017
2016 Dos Almas Music Da3501
Snowfall in El Escorial is Movement I of my three movement composition titled, Tres Pensamientos Latinos, which portrays waking up to a windy, winter morning in El Escorial, to a gentle snowfall.
NOTES
This composition is an answer to a duet composition that Jose Luis Merlin wrote and gave to me following our travels together in Argentina, Mexico, and the USA. His duo composition is a second guitar part to Fernando Sor’s famous Estudio in B minor. Jose Luis titled it “Otoño en El Escorial” and we premiered it in California in 2005. I named my composition Snowfall in El Escorial. It is based on a winter …
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One: USA, India & China

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
This instrumental Innovative Guitar piece provides the listener with fourteen minutes of meditative tranquility and relaxation(3 tracks: 14 min each)
NOTES
As a Classical Guitar musician for over 30 years, I have mostly played other Composer's music. About 15 years ago, I began writing my own original pieces which have since developed into a newer and more modern Classical sound. I decided to re-title my compositions as "Innovative Guitar" rather than Classical Guitar. While much of the older "Classical Guitar" music is beautiful, I want to appeal to a much broader audience with an innovative style using the …
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One China

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2017
Dos Almas Music
Released 2017
Dos Almas Music

Lullaby of Love

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2016
Dos Almas Music
Released 2016
Dos Almas Music
Lullaby of Love is from my three movement composition "Tres Pensamientos Latinos" written for all children, especially Omari, Bodie, Alex and Johan.
NOTES
Lullaby of Love is the second of three movements from my composition "Tres Pensamientos Latinos". It is dedicated to all young children, especially Omari, Bodie, Alex, and Johan. My wish is for them is to have an earth where they can live to follow their hopes and dreams, go to sleep peacefully every night, and wake up safely every morning.

One India

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2016
Dos Almas Music
Released 2016
Dos Almas Music
ONE INDIA gives you lovely CD audio sounds along with a rich DVD view of the beauty of India in this double disc set.
NOTES
ONE INDIA is an arrangement of my original Innovative Guitar composition titled "ONE". As you listen, you will feel an Indian mood evoking energy and restfulness. The style for this recording was initiated by a friend in India, and this version includes a bonus DVD that lets you see the beauty of traditional Indian scenery and people.. Please Enjoy!

One

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2016
Dos Almas
Released 2016
Dos Almas
This instrumental Innovative Guitar piece provides the listener with fourteen minutes of meditative tranquility and relaxation and can also be heard and viewed with the bonus DVD as part of the album.
NOTES
As a classical guitarist for over 30 years playing other composer's music, I began writing original pieces about 15 years ago. My compositions have since developed into a newer and more modern sound. Therefore my music is re-titled as "Innovative Guitar" rather than Classical Guitar. Although much of the older "classical" music is beautiful, I want to appeal to a much broader audience and create a newer creative style with the same instrument. My most recent release …
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Guitarra Classica I

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2001
Dos Almas
Released 2001
Dos Almas
Great examples of Renaissance & Baroque guitar at its finest.
NOTES
“...rarely recorded works coupled with Louis Valentine Johnson’s great playing.”

Recent concert bookings include Seattle, Pullman, Chico, Sacramento, Fairfield, and San Francisco, and international performances in Norway, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain. Radio and television credits include Classical Broadcasts, KQED-San Francisco, KVMR-Nevada City, and KWSP-Santa Cruz.

La Hora Azul (The Blue Hour)

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2000
Dos Almas
Released 2000
Dos Almas
A lyrical collection of acoustic guitar solos that is both meditative and passionate.
NOTES
"This remarkable collection of mostly 16th Century Spanish Guitar music is performed with astonishing grace and restraint... Johnson's playing is superb, delightfully clear and tasteful - throughout this first in a series devoted to the history of music for the classical guitar."
-Richard Dunk,
KVMR- FM Program Guide, Sacramento California.

"Johnson is a skilled and sensitive interpreter, not only of pieces by venerable masters such as Fernando Sor and Heitor Villa Lobos, but also those …
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Goodbye To Mexico

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2000
Dos Almas
Released 2000
Dos Almas
Passionate, acoustic guitar music from around the world by contemporary and traditional composers.
NOTES
"I have had the pleasure of hearing Louis Valentine Johnson perform on several occasions. He possesses not only a fine technique, but also a thorough knowledge of Baroque performance practices. He is a sensitive and talented musician."
--Dr. Mark Radice
Ithaca College, Ithaca. NY

"Louis Valentine Johnson plays the guitar with amazing clarity. Each note is perfectly articulated and beautifully formed. His tone is full of light and richly colored. His playing of this music …
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Guitarra Clasica II

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2001
Dos Almas
Released 2001
Dos Almas
Great examples of Baroque guitar at its finest.
NOTES
“...rarely recorded works coupled with Louis Valentine Johnson’s great playing.”

Recent concert bookings include Seattle, Pullman, Chico, Sacramento, Fairfield, and San Francisco, and international performances in Norway, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain. Radio and television credits include Classical Broadcasts, KQED-San Francisco, KVMR-Nevada City, and KWSP-Santa Cruz.

A Day In The Country

by Louis Valentine Johnson

Released 2012
Dos Almas Music
Released 2012
Dos Almas Music
Hear the verve and excitement of highly intelligent playing speak from his beautiful classical guitar interpretations.
NOTES
"Listening to Louis (Valentine) Johnson is to relax in musical reverie. The delicate precision of his interpretations "sans" garish exhibitionism, demonstrates the sincerity and sensitivity of a master guitarist."
Enrique Coria,
Argentine Guitarist and Recording Artist

"A Day in the Country" is an Anthology of compositions performed and recorded by Louis Valentine Johnson.

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