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2017-02-01T01 Spread 5.0.0 kqueue and epoll patch.

I renamed the 5.0.0rc2 Spread kqueue and epoll patch to correspond to the Spread 5.0.0 final release after merging produced no differences in the patch.

2017-01-26T01 Spread 5.0.0rc2 kqueue and epoll patch.

I updated the Spread kqueue and epoll patch for the latest Spread release (version 5.0.0rc2).

2017-01-01T01 Spread 5.0.0rc1 kqueue and epoll patch.

I posted a patch adding kqueue and epoll support to the recently released Spread 5.0.0rc1 messaging service.

2016-08-01T01 Guárdame las vacas (Otras tres diferencias hechas por otra parte.).

I transcribed the three other variations of Guárdame las vacas by Luys Narváez. This is a first draft that may see further revisions to better suit the guitar.

2016-07-16T01 Minuet in G Minor.

I have posted an arrangement of Minuet in G Minor, by Christian Petzold (often misattributed to Johann Sebastian Bach). This is the companion piece to Minuet in G Major.

2016-07-16T02 Lección 75.

I have posted an arrangement of Lección 75 by Julio Salvador Sagreras.

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Spread 5.0.0 kqueue and epoll Patch

Patch icon This patch is a complete rewrite of a previous patch for adding epoll and poll support to Spread 4.x. It makes Spread 5.0.0 replace daemon select calls with FreeBSD kqueue or Linux epoll. POSIX poll support for the client library is standard as of Spread release 5.0.0rc2 and no longer requires a patch. The availalability of kqueue or epoll is detected automatically. Therefore, you do not have to manually define any macros. Using kqueue or epoll can improve the performance of a Spread daemon when it is serving thousands to millions of client connections.

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Guárdame las vacas (Otras tres diferencias hechas por otra parte.)

Classical guitar Guárdame las vacas is a villancico more than half a millennium old. Its basic structure consists of a repeating bass part[1] overlayed with a descant. A villancico literally being peasant music, it's quite possible the bass part was commonly played by strumming chords while the words were sung to the descant. Over time we've come to associate the piece with the bass part only, which in A minor would be: C–G–Am–E / C–G–Am–E–Am (III–VII–i–V / III–VII–i–V–i). Narváez's first four variations feature the bass part prominently, leading one to not recognize fully the presence of the descant despite its integral contribution to the variations.

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Minuet in G Minor (BWV Anh. 115)

Classical guitar Minuet in G Minor (BWV Anh. 115) is the companion piece to Minuet in G Major (BWV Anh. 114). Both harpsichord compositions originate from a notebook of Johann Sebastian Bach's second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach, containing music from a variety of composers. Both also continue to be misattributed to Bach even though scholars confirmed Christian Petzold as the composer many years ago.

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Lección 75

Classical guitar Lección 75 is one of many lessons found in Julio Salvador Sagreras's Las Primeras Lecciones de Guitarra (see Lección 84 for more information about the book) that are really miniature works in and of themselves. This particular piece evokes a romantic period piano composition. The fingering I provide is slightly different from Sagreras's, but maintains the spirit of facilitating the transition from one position to the next.

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Lección 61

Classical guitar Lección 84 is the 84th lesson of Julio Salvador Sagreras's Las Primeras Lecciones de Guitarra, the first of a six-volume method[2] for teaching and learning how to play the guitar. It is a simple piece that bears a superficial resemblance to Romanza (Spanish Romance); but it is much shorter and features a quite different melody. Although written to serve pedagogical motives, Lección 84 is a complete work (albeit a very short one) that can serve as a prelude to another piece in the same key.

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Lección 84

Classical guitar Lección 84 is the 84th lesson of Julio Salvador Sagreras's Las Primeras Lecciones de Guitarra, the first of a six-volume method[3] for teaching and learning how to play the guitar. It is a simple piece that bears a superficial resemblance to Romanza (Spanish Romance); but it is much shorter and features a quite different melody. Although written to serve pedagogical motives, Lección 84 is a complete work (albeit a very short one) that can serve as a prelude to another piece in the same key.

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Madrigale

Classical guitar Madrigale is another lute piece from Da un Codice Lauten-Buch del Cinquecento.[4] It is one of the pieces with an asterisk next to its title in the table of contents. Asterisked pieces were considered especially noteworthy by Oscar Chilesotti. Although I cannot discern what attracted Chilesotti to this piece, it contains chord progressions and melodic elements that would not sound out of place in late 20th-century popular music. With a few changes, you can even play the piece with a pick on a steel-string guitar.

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Italiana (No. 59)

Classical guitar Italiana (No. 59) is a lute piece from Da un Codice Lauten-Buch del Cinquecento: Transcrizioni in notazione moderna di Oscar Chilesotti.[5] The compilation of lute transcriptions contains three pieces titled Italiana (Nos. 49, 59, and 60). Therefore, to distinguish the piece, I include in the title the number of the work from Chilesotti's book. One of the three pieces (No. 49) is in 2/4 and the other two in 3/4. So it's not clear what makes an Italiana an Italiana. Usually, pieces sharing the same classification use the same meter.

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Preludio (en re mayor)

Classical guitar Preludio (en re mayor) is a very short work by Miguel Llobet dedicated as a Pequeño recuerdo a la precoz guitarrista María Luisa Anido (a small memento for the precocious guitarist María Luisa Anido). The dedication was written in Barcelona and is dated September 7, 1916, at which time Miss Anido was only nine years old. Llobet did not take her up as a student until seven years later when she was sixteen. That would indicate Llobet met Anido while performing in Buenos Aires and sent her the composition via post after returning to Barcelona.

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El Noi de la Mare

Classical guitar El Noi de la Mare is a Catalan folk song, both a lullaby and a Christmas song. The title is Catalan for the mother's baby boy, where the mother refers to the Virgin Mary and the boy is the baby Jesus. It is one of Miguel Llobet's best known arrangements of Catalan folk songs.

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[1] The bass part appears in many compositions and is known as the romanesca in Italian. In Spain, it was so closely associated with the song that it was known as Guárdame las vacas. At the time, the harmonic pairing of the bass part and the descant was associated with those names.

[2] The six volumes are Las Primeras …, Las Segundas …, etc. Lecciones de Guitarra. Técnica Superior de Guitarra, published in 1922, is a precursor to the method books and can be considered the zeroth volume. The series has been reprinted many times and is still used today by many teachers and students. The original publications are now in the public domain and served as my source material.

[3] The six volumes are Las Primeras …, Las Segundas …, etc. Lecciones de Guitarra. Técnica Superior de Guitarra, published in 1922, is a precursor to the method books and can be considered the zeroth volume. The series has been reprinted many times and is still used today by many teachers and students. The original publications are now in the public domain and served as my source material.

[4] For more information, see the discussion at Dove son quei fieri occhi?.

[5] For more information, see the discussion at Dove son quei fieri occhi?.