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The Foundling Goes Home

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Published on Oct 15, 2011

The Foundling Goes Home is a romance for guitar and orchestra. I've not yet written the orchestrations for it, but I think it stands on its own as a solo piece quite well.

The title was inspired by the character, Shasta, in--The Horse And His Boy--a children's novel by CS Lewis and part of the Narnia collection.

I haven't played as much classical guitar the past several years as I used to, but lately I've been gravitating back toward it. This is the first piece I've written in quite some time that I really enjoy playing, so maybe it will inspire me to play more of it. I'll try to make tablature available if enough people ask me for it.

The guitar used here was actually somewhat inexpensive. It's a 1977 Yamaha G-250S. Yamaha made some wonderful guitars back in the 60s, 70s, and even part of the 80s. This particular model was their 2nd most expensive at the time selling for $300 (the equivalent of around $1,200 today). It has a solid spruce top with near perfect grain (many sub-$2,000 spruce topped guitars today have terribly twisted grain and sound like it) and rosewood back/sides. The G-255 was Yamaha's flagship model that year. It sold for $360 and was basically the same guitar with some fancier purfling and binding. Both have the longer concert scale of 260mm. People are just now waking up to what great guitars Yamaha produced back then. I rescued this one from Craigslist for a hundred dollars....

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