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A Conversation with Jerry Willard

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Andy LeGrand

Enjoy A Conversation with Jerry Willard, as he and Andy LeGrand discuss Jerry’s life and music, Julian Bream, the archlute, the baroque guitar, and more. You’ll enjoy listening to Jerry’s arrangements and recordings of J.S. Bach and Gasper Sanz during the podcast. There’s a surprise in this October episode of KnoxGuitarBox.

The podcast features two of Jerry Willard’s arrangements and recordings. J. S. Bach’s Lute Suite in E minor, BWV 996

  1. Präludium: Presto
  2. Allemande
  3. Courante
  4. (Sarabande)
  5. Bourrée
  6. (Gigue)

Gasper Sanz


Visit Jerry’s website for more information about sheet music, recordings, and online lessons.

Born in Ohio Jerry Willard’s first teacher was his father, Jeff Willard, an accomplished Jazz guitarist. The guitar pedagogue, Sophocles Papas recognized Jerry’s talent and invited him to study in Washington, D.C. Jerry Willard studied with guitarists, Richard Lurie and Alirio Diaz, who developed his musical and technical approach to the guitar. He also worked with violinist, Misha Mishakoff and cellist, Warren Downs.

Mr. Willard has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has concertized extensively throughout Europe and The United States. Raymond Ericson of the New York Times wrote, “The recital was exemplary. Mr. Willard took lute in hand for some pieces by Adrian LeRoy and John Dowland and turned that normally pale-sounding predecessor of the guitar into a brilliant and vivid instrument…..It was again the clarity of Mr. Willard’s playing that gave special pleasure.

“Willard is an accomplished player of all types of fretted instruments including the archlute, Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, nineteenth-century guitar, and modern guitar. Well known as an ensemble player, Mr. Willard has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, The New York City Opera Company, The New York Consort of Viols, and The Queen’s Chamber Band. Willard has published many publications for guitar including “The Complete Lute Music of J.S. Bach”, “The Complete Works of Gaspar Sanz” and “Seventeen Show Tunes Of George Gershwin” available through Music Sales Corporation. Mr. Willard records for Lyrichord Discs.

Mr. Willard resides in Elmore Vermont and is retired faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he headed the guitar and lute department for 44years.

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