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Guitar music will do the speaking

As a performer and composer, classical guitarist David Leisner, above, has a good vantage point on where music is headed. Here's what he recently told Guitarra magazine:

"I believe that contemporary guitar music, like contemporary music in general, is neither progressing nor static," Leisner said. "It's in a state of transition, just what you would expect around the turn of a century. We're finding our way into a new era of expression, just as the romantic style evolved into the so-called modern style. It always takes a while before we find ways of expressing in music our feelings and thoughts about the world and era we live in. Guitar composers keep getting more and more clever about writing idiomatically for the instrument. There's a clear progression, for example, from the writing of 19th century guitar composers to that of Villa-Lobos, Gilardino, Bogdanovic and myself. The guitar writing gets more and more sophisticated in its idiomatic use of the guitar."

Leisner has a recital at 8 p.m. Friday at Hillsborough Community College, in the Student Services Building auditorium on the Dale Mabry campus, 4001 Tampa Bay Blvd. (across Dale Mabry Highway from Raymond James Stadium). $7. (813) 988-2734.

On the program are works by Stephen Pratten, Mertz's transcriptions of Schubert songs, Villa Lobos' Twelve Studies and four of Leisner's compositions.

_ JOHN FLEMING, Times performing arts critic