Sadly, news just arrived of Australian composer Phillip Houghton’s (1954-2017) passing this last October 1, 2017 (see: This, not even a year after the untimely death of Roland Dyens (1955-2016) on October 29, 2016. Each composer contributed greatly to the guitar’s repertoire and here is an excerpt of their discography. May their music live through the international guitar community.

Roland Dyens’ (360 recordings to date) compositions are three times in the TOP 100 of the most recorded pieces:

Tango en skaï (TOP 31)

From Libra Sonatine: Fuoco (Top 52)

Saudade No. 3 (TOP 76)

As mentioned in Sounboard (June 2017, Volume 43 No. 2 p. 16), Roland was the highest (then) living composer in the TOP 100 with his Tango en skaï. He was quite happy about this and asked me if he could tell, after reading the manuscript of GT 100 and accepting to endorse it.


Phillip Houghton’s (57 recordings to date) most recorded pieces are:

Kinkachoo I Love You (14)

God of the Northern Forest (12)

Stélé (9) [recommended GT 100]:

I Stélé • II Dervish • III Bronze Apollo • IV Web

Opals for guitar quartet (6) [recommended GT 100]:

I Black Opal • II Water Opal • III White Opal