ANDREW FLORY
CLASSICAL GUITAR AND THEORBO

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Andrew Flory is a classical guitarist and theorbo player based in Rochester, New York. His diverse programming ranges from Baroque music played on his reproduction 17th century Schelle theorbo to modern guitar works such as the heart wrenching Ophelia by the late Phillip Houghton. Along with his love for Baroque music and historical performance practice, Andrew has dived deep into the music of the 19th century Viennese composer Johann Kaspar Mertz. Andrew's program titled Vienna 1847 consists of a thoughtfully curated selection of pieces from Mertz's largest collection of works, the Bardenklänge, Op.13, and transports listeners back in time to 19th century Vienna. Watch the Vienna 1847 teaser video below. 

Andrew is currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Advanced Performer's Certificate in Early Music at the Eastman School of Music where he studies guitar with Nicholas Goluses and theorbo with Paul O'Dette. He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal Conseravtoire of Scotland in 2020 where he studied with Allan Neave and Matthew McAllister. As part of his Master's, Andrew recorded an album of Baroque music on guitar titled The Finer Things Club which features music by Silvius Leopold Weiss and George Frideric Handel. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arkansas where he studied with James Greeson. 

Over the years, Andrew has studied and performed abroad in the UK, Ireland, and Spain. He has studied with world renowned pedagogues such as Paul Galbraith, Pavel Steidl, and Rene Izquierdo. 

Listen to the Vienna 1847 teaser here

CURRENT CONCERT PROGRAM

Andrew's current program, titled Vienna 1847, features music from Johann Kaspar Mertz's Bardenklänge, Op.13. This program is a culmination of Andrew's love for Mertz's music in which he dives into Mertz's largest collection of works and takes the listener back in time to Vienna in 1847 when this collection was published. Andrew finds these works best capture the essence of Mertz's music which ranges from the melancholic to the sublime. 

Selections from Bardenklänge, Op.13

Unruhe (Restlessness)

An Malvina (To Malvina)

Abendlied (Evening Song)

Romanze 

Elfenreigen (Dance of the Elves)

Capriccio

Sehnsucht (Longing)

Gondoliera

Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words)

Liebeslied (Love Song)

Variations Mignonnes (Innocent Variations)

An die Entfernte (To My Distant Beloved)

Tarantelle

Johann Kaspar Mertz

(1806-1856)

SAMPLE CONCERT PROGRAMS

SAMPLE GUITAR AND THEORBO PROGRAM

Tocatta Arpeggiata

(Theorbo)

Selections from the Saizenay Manuscript 

(Theorbo)

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger

(1580-1651)

Robert de Visée

(1655-1733)

Prelude in G Major

La Muzette

Les Sylvains

Chaconne 

Selections from 

Bardenklänge, Op.13

Johann Kaspar Mertz

(1806-1856)

Unruhe (Restlessness)

An Malvina (To Malvina)

Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words)

Variations Mignonnes (Innocent Variations)

Tarantelle

OPHELIA....a haunted sonata

Phillip Houghton

(1954-2017)

I. FEAR...AND THE ANGEL

II. SUFFERING AND MADNESS.....

AM I BUT A DREAM OF A SHADOW?

III. CHANT...of the flower-moon

IV. WATER...memories - halls of ghosts - wash away

V. DEATH...with moons in your hair

SAMPLE ALTERNATE GUITAR PROGRAM

Unfeathered As We Are

Collage

Pasaje Abierto

1.Preludio

2. Danza

Selections from 

Bardenklänge, Op.13

Evan Hirschelman

(1977-)

Patrick Kearney

(1970-)

Edin Solis

(1963-)

Johann Kaspar Mertz

(1806-1856)

Unruhe (Restlessness)

An Malvina (To Malvina)

Lied ohne Worte (Song without Words)

Variations Mignonnes (Innocent Variations)

Tarantelle

OPHELIA....a haunted sonata

Phillip Houghton

(1954-2017)

I. FEAR...AND THE ANGEL

II. SUFFERING AND MADNESS.....

AM I BUT A DREAM OF A SHADOW?

III. CHANT...of the flower-moon

IV. WATER...memories - halls of ghosts - wash away

V. DEATH...with moons in your hair