Alessandro Stradella was, along with Henry Purcell and Heinrich von Biber, among the most striking and idiosyncratic composers of the late seventeenth century. He is known principally for his cantatas on sacred subjects such as "La Susanna" and "San Giovanni Battista," which prefigure Handel's oratorios, and from which Handel borrowed freely. Stradella's musical eccentricities were paralleled by his irregular life. A member of the minor nobility, he ran through his inheritance while young, and thereafter supplemented his musical earnings by questionable financial dealings that incurred the anger of influential families. These obliged him to flee Rome for Venice in 1677. At Venice he seduced the mistress of a patrician, who in consequence sent assassins after him. He fled again to Turin, then to Genoa, where he was finally klled in 1682. Responsibility for his murder has never been convincingly assigned. Stradella's life resembled a melodrama, and has indeed been made the subject of an opera by Flotow.
Hes studied under legendary guitar master Andres Segovia, performed thousands of concerts, and topped the Billboard charts. Now Esteban teaches you to play guitar in this comprehensive course, which will have you playing classics from "Greensleeves" to "Malaguena" to "House of the Rising Sun" in no time. With step-by-step instruction, Estban goes beyond chords and fingerings to teach you how to improvise naturally, become a versatile guitarist, and just have fun. This comprehensive package includes: Two DVDs of hands-on instruction from Esteban, An easy-to-follow course book, A quick-reference chord chart. Plus: bonus music videos!
The singer and bandleader Esteban Grullon, aka 'Jossie Esteban', founded his group 'Patrol 15' in May 1979 with his childhood friend and pianist Alberto Martinez, alias 'Ringo', by integrating a mostly musicians some Dominicans and Puerto Ricans, and posing as essential music of his creations the 'merengue', considered the national musical genre. At the time of his disappearance in 1998 published a total of 21 LPs with which reaped great successes and awards in various countries of Latin area. This LP is a compilation released in Spain in two of his original albums, 'Hot' (1990) and 'Hotter than ever' (1992).