Michael Carenbauer is an innovative programmer and has charted a new course for the guitar in central Arkansas over the past three decades. He has performed hundreds of solo programs that have included many of the major works from the classical guitar repertoire. He is comfortable with the standard jazz repertoire and is a fluent improviser. His output includes original compositions and arrangements for the Godin Multiac guitar synthesizer.
His composition "Sextet for Zheng, Guitar and String Quartet" was premiered with the Quapaw Quartet and Chinese zheng soloist Connie Ng. Mr. Carenbauer also recorded his transcription of Bach's Concerto in E Major for Violin and String Orchestra and Leo Brouwer's "Quintetto for Guitar and String Quartet". He has introduced the music of Francois de Fossa to the Arkansas public in performances with the Arkansas Symphony Chamber groups. He established a duo with acclaimed cellist Felice Farrell, former principal soloist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He is available for performances and workshops through the Arkansas Arts Council "Arts on Tour" program.
Solo Guitar Repertoire
Repertoire is always changing/evolving. In addition to the standard classical repertoire, it includes a set of Beatle songs arranged for solo guitar, works of Pat Metheny, original compositions and jazz arrangements. The following will give you some idea...
From the Hispanic heritage...
Francisco Tarrega (1854-1909)
Lagrima, Danza Mora, Preludio #8 En Mi (Lagrima), Sueno (Mazurka), Adelita (Mazurka) Pavana, Maria (Gavota), Vals (en re), El Columpio, Capricho Arabe, Pepita (Polka), Recuerdos De La Alhambra, Las Dos Hermanitas (Vals), Mazurka (en sol), Marieta (Mazurka)
Agustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944)
Gran Val, Vals - Opus 8, No. 3, Vals - Opus 8, No. 4; La Catedral;
El ultimo tremolo (Una limosnita por el amor de Dios)
Compositions of Issac Albeniz (1860-1909)
Granada serenata, Asturias, Mallorca, Sevilla sevillanas
Antonio Lauro (1917-1984)
Valses venezolanos for Guitar
Various other works by Sagrearas, Brouwer, etc.
Jean Baptiste Loeillet (1680-1730)
Suite 1 –Allemande, Corente, Sarabanda, Aria, Minuet, Giga
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto in E Major for Violin and String Orchestra (transcribed for guitar with String quartet accompaniment)
Original transcriptions Bach Sonatas and Partitas for violin arranged for solo guitar
D. Scarlatti (1685-1757)
David Russell arrangements of Sonatas K238, 239, 308, 309
Matteo Carcassi (1792-1853)
Opus 60 Etudes for Guitar
Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)
Variations sulla cavatina favorita "De! Calma oh ciel"di Rossini, Op. 101
Fernando Sor (1778-1839)
Introduction, Theme and Variations on a theme from Mozart's Zauberflöte
Across the Universe, And I Love Her, Ask Me Why, Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite, Come Together, Fool on the Hill, For No One, Here Comes the Sun, I Will, I'll Follow the Sun, In My Life, Norwegian Wood, Octopus Garden, Penny Lane, She's Leaving Home, This Boy, Things We Said Today
Pat Metheny (b. 1954)..in style of Jason Vieaux
Farmer’s Trust, Letter from Home, Always and Forever, The Road to You
Paul Simon (b. 1941)..in style of Manuel Barreuco
Bookends, Old Friends
Jazz solo arrangements..in style of Martin Taylor
Tennessee Waltz, Georgia on My Mind
Ode to Home Life (in the style of James Taylor), A Mother's Love
Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Joy to the World, What Child is This, (Greensleeves)