Guitar Salon International (GSI) recently shared videos of Andrew York performing his new suite, The Equations of Beauty. In the videos, shown below, the Grammy Award–winning guitarist performs on a 1957 Hauser II, an important historical guitar that belonged to Julian Bream between 1959 and 1963. Bream used the guitar to record his first RCA album, The Art of Julian Bream, released in 1960.
A premier online community, showroom and shop for classical guitars, flamenco guitars and guitar accessories, GSI invited York to play some of the guitars in its Cleveland Collection, and the Bream Hauser appealed to him the most. The guitar turned out to be a perfect fit for the piece, and the decision was made to record the entire suite on the instrument.
As York explains, each of the six movements in The Equations of Beauty is named for a mathematical constant or variable. “These symbols,” he says, “stand for the smallest, the fastest, the infinite, the beautiful and mystical transcendental, irrational and imaginary numbers; all the utmost extremes that inhabit the realm of mathematics. I chose the names to match the spirit of each movement.”
The piece is entirely played with a capo on the fifth fret, and the tuning is D A D F# B D.