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Plucked Strings

Sundays 6pm - 7pm

People have loved the sound of plucked strings going back over 3,000 years to the dawn of instrumental music.  Plucked Strings plays lots from Appalachian dulcimer to zither with more than a few guitars and you will hear recordings of them from around the globe.

It’s a varied programme of music from the rich world of the guitar and related instruments, notice of events, live performances, new releases, Guitar Society news, and interviews.


  • during broadcast time; RTRFM Studio 9260 9210
  • any time; phone/text – 0420 619 414, RTRFM email – To make your email easier to find please put PLUCKED STRINGS in the subject line.

Plucked Strings maintains a Diary of plucked strings events on the web and that’s also the place to go to add a gig.


Gentileschi, Orazio Florentine, 1563 – 1639
The Lute Player  c. 1612/1620
oil on canvas  overall: 143.5 x 129 cm
National Gallery of Art, USA
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1962.8.1

Guitar made by Hermann Hauser
Medium:Spruce, rosewood, mahogany, bone or ivory, ebony
Height (At tail): (9.8 cm) Width (Total): (97.7 cm) Depth (Lower bouts): (37 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
Credit Line:Gift of Emilita Segovia, Marquessa of Salobreña, 1986 Accession Number:1986.353.1

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Sun 22 Mar 2020 Listen

PLUCKED STRINGS  An historic recording of something played by Garôto.  A couple of pieces by talent due to visit in August, something Chinese plus works by several Australian composers.

Presented by Graham Hawkes


  • Composer = Heitor Villa-Lobos [1887-1959]

  • Composers = Steve Porcaro (b. 1957) John Bettis (b. 1946)

  • Composer = Hector Ayala

  • Composer = Radames Gnattali [1906 - 1988]

    Live recording. World Premiere at Radio Gazeta, São Paulo, Aug 1954.

  • Melodies from China arranged and presented by Johannes Möller

  • Melodies from China arranged and presented by Johannes Möller

  • 00:25

    Composer = Joaquin Turina

  • 00:32

    Composer = Krzysztof Piotrowicz

  • Composer = Krzysztof Piotrowicz

  • 00:38

    Composer = Alan Banks

  • Composer = Alan Banks

  • 00:43

    Composer = Peter Sculthorpe [1929-2014]

  • Composer = Peter Sculthorpe [1929-2014]

  • Composer = Joaquin Turina

    A tech issue meant only a fragment broadcast.

  • 00:54

    Composer = Ross Edwards

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