I have always loved this piece bu Heitor Villa-Lobos. It might be my favorite guitar piece originally composed for the guitar. Leyenda is my favorite piece but it wasn’t originally composed for the guitar. I remember when I first heard this song.
I had just started studying classical guitar and I heard a recording of Christopher Parkening playing it and I thought…I have to learn this!! The next time I saw my guitar teacher I asked him if I could learn it and we had a lesson on it. I was so excited to learn it that I went back to my dorm and started learning it. Actually, I started working on it in the lobby of my dorm room because my roommate was still asleep.
I love the 5 preludes by Villa-Lobos. I have played all of them at one time or another. In fact, I used to perform the 5 preludes together in concerts. The first, second, and fourth are my personal favorites.
A long time ago I participated in a masterclass with Christopher Parkening and I played the fourth prelude for him. My personal favorite version of the piece would be Christopher Parkening’s version. It might be because that was the version I heard first. I also really enjoy the versions by Julian Bream and Andres Segovia.