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Lighter fare from Poland, by way of France, comes from Alexandre Tansman's two volume collection, Twelve Easy

Pieces (Eschig ME 8002/3). These will test the player's ear without working the fingers too hard. The special task at
hand is to project melody in the simplest of textures.
Believe it or not, there's actually some easy Emilio Pujol, from Eschig. Try Two Preludes (ME 7236), very easy, and
Second Triquilandia (ME 7237), simple but deceptive. For the more technically prepared player, there's a fine pair
of folkloristic volumes of mainly Basque vignettes in The Young Guitarist (UME 20875/6) by the shamefully
neglected Jos de Azpiazu; there are serious concert pieces to be found here, written with a master's sure hand and a
teacher's understanding.
The rare player familiar with Harold Gramatges's magnificent Como el caudal de la fuente, a roaring Cuban
fingerbuster, will be startled at the utter simplicity of his Seven Sketches for "La Dama Duende," from Editorial
Musical de Cuba (from Guitar Solo). Anybody can negotiate the notes; there's a real lesson in making it work. The
same is true of the first three of Guillermo Flores Mendez's Four Bagatelles (Ricordi Mexicana RM 35, same
source), rare works from a neglected Mexican master.
Some of the finest easy guitar music I've ever seen came from the collaborative pens of the magnificent Czech
virtuoso Milan Zelenka and his late wife, the much lamented Jana Obrovska. Zelenka, the teacher, would set the
musical or technical problem; Obrovska, the composer, would solve it. Supraphon has two wonderful volumes of
their studies (Easy tudes, H5787, and New Etudes, H5520) which range from moderate to middle-grade. The real
surprise is finding what they can get out of the very easy, in First Album for Guitar (H6415), which begins with
monody and works its way up to perky and witty character pieces, and which never bores for so much as a moment.
From Brazil, try several delightful collections of lilting, lightly swinging folk songs, all very easy. Ten Brazilian
Folk Tunes, by Isaias Savio (Columbia CO 188), please mightily, and the last three, in order, would make a
charming suite of concert pieces. Henrique Pinto (Ricordi Brasileira RB 0563) and Jos Barrense Dias (EMT 15)
cover much the same ground, to some purpose; work your way up, via these easy settings, to eventual mastery of
Turibio Santos's superb--but difficult--modern versions of the same songs, accessible only to the advanced player.
By the time you get to Santos, it'll help to have these simpler settings in your ear.
From Argentina, try for starters two charmingly easy albums by the father of the Argentine guitar, Juan Alais. Six
"Estilos Criollos" (Ricordi BA 9906) will prepare you for Llobet's more advanced exercises in the form, Six Easy
Pieces (BA 9905); slightly harder, is a collection of charming schottisches, polkas and petits valses, tuneful and
seductive and always very much under the hand.
Then try a wonderful teaching book from the excellent contemporary Argentine composer-player Jorge Labrouve,
Easy Etudes (EMT 1493). This is nothing more or less than an introduction to musical form (prelude, theme-andvariations, suite, sonata), using delightfully bouncy Argentine folk rhythms and a modem style. Notation and
fingering alike are particularly precise; you have to work at it to miss the points he's making here. The real trick, of
course, is to make sure the stuff sings and dances, as it's supposed to.
More of the same kind of thing comes from the German master Wolfgang Lendle in Impulses (Ricordi SY 2319);
the range is wider, the pieces are shorter. Anton Stingl (Guitar Book for Madeleine, Schott 420/1) stays much
simpler, covering comparable ground, and makes his points adroitly and musically.
But the real jewel in this vein is Martin Raetz's Happy Beginning (Hofmeister T4166), a delicious collection of
modern pieces for the very early beginner which segues to a fine album of student-recital pieces, Little Serenade
(T4161). You'll find much to like here at every level, particularly in the latter book (my own favorites here are the
bumptious Rumba and the spare and impressionistic Two Carnival Dances).

Another find is the sharp and apt didactic work of Fritz Pilsl, an inventive Bohemian composer who teaches in NeuUlm. Guitar Pieces for the Young (Zimmermann ZM 1963) and Amusing Pieces (ZM 2184) are two of the best
volumes in Siegfried Behrend's Guitar Music for the Young series; Portuguese Romances (ZM 2445) teaches tone
production and position-changing, always with a certain sly charm.
Other fine works at the very easy level include Gerhard Maasz's Zugegriffen (Trekel T0634: how do you translate
that word?) and Hermann Ambrosius's Suite in C (Trekel T680), while there's an excellent pair of technically easy
but surprisingly sophisticated suites by Werner Richter in Book One of Ursula Peter's two-volume collection,
Contemporary Guitar Music (VEB Deutscher Verlag fuer Musik, Leipzig). If there was ever music which cried out
for the student recital, the Richter pieces fit the description: they're full of wit and tunefulness.
More advanced technically, if musically more conservative, is Karl Frieszneg's Ten Little Melodies for the Young
Guitarist, Op. 21 (Hladky VH 1515); the pieces are easy without being insulting, and the last two pieces, reversed in
order, would make a nice mid-level concert piece: the "Grave" in B minor seems to lead naturally to the 'Presto" in E
minor.
Rounding it all off, the adventurous seeker after good easy contemporary music might well consider dipping into
Franz Just's impressive two-volume New Guitar Book (DVM 31060/1, Leipzig: available from Editions Orphe), a
vast teaching archive of specially composed new music for the beginner, obviously conceived in the spirit of
Bartk's Mikrokosmos.