Catherine May and Andrew Allen

Catherine May and Andrew Allen formed their duo in 2018 to explore the repertoire for voice and guitar.  They are particularly interested in exploring the eclectic and unique ways that the guitar and voice have worked together both historically and in contemporary music.  The guitar has been used as accompaniment for the voice since the 16th century in both popular and ‘art’ songs.  Their concerts together have been very successful and they look forward to continuing their partnership.

Their repertoire includes:

Three Sequidillas       Fernando Sor

  • Cesa de atormentarme
  • Muchacha, y la vergüenza
  • Si dices que mis ojos

Three Spanish Songs        Joaquin Rodrigo

  • En Jerez de la Frontera (The Miller’s Wife)
  • Adela (Delia)
  • De ronda (Courting)

Three Tonadillas         Enrique Granados (trans Azpiazu)         

  • El Majo Discreto
  • El Mirar de la Maja
  • El Tralala y El Punteado

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5        Heitor Villa-Lobos

Modinha                                           Heitor Villa-Lobos


Desafinado        Antonio Carolos Jobim

Three songs from Doce Canciones (1811)       Federico Moretti

  • La Irresolución (Hesitation)
  • La Insinuaciónm (Insinuation)
  • La Libertad (Liberty)

The Divan of Moses-Ibn-Ezra (1966)          Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

Part I: Songs of Wandering

  • When the morning of life had passed
  • The dove that nests in the tree-top
  • Wrung with anguish

Part II: Songs of Friendship

  • Sorrow shatters my heart
  • Fate has blocked the way
  • O Brook

Three songs with guitar accompaniment        Franz Schubert   

  • Gretchen am Spinnrade
  • Nacht und Träume
  • Heidenröslein

River       Joni Mitchell  

A Case of You       Joni Mitchell  

Find out more about Catherine May here

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