Tom Yoder | Twisted Circles and the Theory of Everything

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Twisted Circles and the Theory of Everything

by Tom Yoder

Symphonic/orchestral music of the masters with all the parts arranged for and played on electric guitar and bass guitar.
Genre: Classical: Classical era
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1. The Marriage of Figaro Overture K.492
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2. Serenade No. 13 in G Major for Strings Allegro K. 525
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3. Symphony No. 25 in G Minor Allegro Con Brio K.183
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4. Allegro from Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8, No. 1 "Spring"
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5. String Quartet No. 34, Op. 20, No. 4 in D Major Presto Scherzando
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6. Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in B Flat Major Rondo K. 361
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7. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major BWV 1048: I.
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8. Serenade for 13 Wind Instruments in B Flat Major Adagio K. 361
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9. Oboe Quartet No. 30 in F Major Allegro K. 370
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10. Oboe Quartet No. 30 in F Major Rondo K.370
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11. Die Zauberflote (the Magic Flute) Overture K.620
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12. Caprice No. 15 in E Minor Op. 1
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This recording is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. It takes all the parts of a symphony orchestra (violins, violas, cellos, flutes, oboes, etc.) and arranges them for electric and bass guitars. Through the miracle of overdubbing I was able to build each piece one instrument at a time. I have played parts of these pieces for years even doing two guitar metal-type arrangements. But that was never satisfying enough. I always wanted to play the whole piece. But not being 30 guitar players (or having much hope of gathering even a fraction of that all in one place even for an evening- not to mention a year- and have them agree on anything!!!!!!) I set out to do it myself.

The whole process of arranging, learning, recording, and mixing all the parts was even bigger than I initially imagined. It took over a year. Then came the mastering. Thank goodness I had the help of two wonderful people I am proud to call friends, Mike Gardner and Brad Spiker. Both were indispensable in the making of this recording. I started the process after some coaching from Brad and sent both him and Mike many recordings and waited anxiously for their replies. Mike's ears must be as big as a house because he hears everything. He was so helpful with suggestions. All of them spot on. Brad sat with me during much of the mastering process being careful to let me make the decisions with light-handed guidance.

Coming out from the other side of the rabbit hole I now know I know even less than I did before. But that is a good thing. I think it's a really good record. I also think it's something quite new with very old tunes.

Anyone that know me knows how much I love Mozart. Most of the pieces are by him but the other four (Vivaldi, Bach, Haydn and Paganini) are favorites as well. I tried to represent their music in a graceful and respectful manner but with a couple twists here and there. It is my hope that they would approve.


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Joyce Palmiero

Calling All Classical Musicians and Guitar Enthusiasts!!!
Tom Yoder’s new album, Twisted Circles and the Theory of Everything, is a classical guitar masterpiece. Any musician with orchestral experience will listen in appreciative awe to Tom playing complete scores on only an electric guitar and bass. Those unfamiliar with classical music will be equally impressed at the sublime musical phrasing, dynamics, and sheer dexterity that Tom display just using these two instruments. In the building crescendos and “tutti” sections of the Marriage of Figaro and Brandenburg Concerto where Mozart and Bach wrote for at least 60 musicians, Tom beautifully conveys that intended sound of a full orchestra. One can almost feel the breeze of an entire string section bowing in unison and the slightly resonating vibration from a full percussion section. In the two movements from Mozart’s oboe quartet, Tom masterfully captures the sound and harmonics of an instrument (the oboe) that many will agree is one of the most difficult to play. The fact that Tom has recreated that unique sound and tone using a guitar is astounding. To have meticulously and rigorously recorded a track for each and every instrument of a classical orchestral score is an outstanding technical feat. But to play each and every track with such precision, musicality, and passion is a true testament to Tom’s talent. Every track is a a Carnegie Hall experience featuring Tom's personal artistry yet retaining the classical integrity of Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, and Paganini. Classical musicians and guitar enthusiasts alike will thoroughly enjoy this labor of love.