The Guitarist’s Guide to the Orchestra

II. Celesta (Michael Karmon)

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Five movements, ca. 6 minutes, written in 2010.

I sometimes miss writing for orchestra and this was a chance to pretend I’m doing it.  (The movement titles are violin, celesta, marimba, cello, and flute.) This was a really fun piece to write and one that came easily, and I hope this shows in the music.

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Rain

I. Summer (Jouni Stenroos)

II. Fall

III. Winter

IV. Spring

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Written in 2010 for James Day, four movements, ca. 10 minutes.

“Rain” was where I decided to start focusing on music that’s there for me to write, rather than on music that’s slightly out of reach. This small shift in attitude has made composing easier and more enjoyable for me. I tried to write direct and evocative music here, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out. It’s my most often performed solo piece.

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Sonatina California

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Written in 2009 for Michael Partington, three movements, ca. 12 minutes.

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Yovano, Yovanke

(Cavatina Duo)

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Written in 2006 for the Cavatina Duo, single movement, ca. 5 minutes.

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Sessions

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Written in 2007 for Duo 46, four movements, ca. 13 minutes.

Mvt. I. Saturday Morning

Mvt. II. Saturday Night, Late

Mvt. III. Monday Morning

Mvt. IV. Friday Night

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Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

(Joe Hagedorn)

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Written in 2006 for Martha Masters, up to twelve movements, up to 35 minutes. (Find revised versions of movements B, 4, and VIII in the suite “Still Life.”)

I started writing “Six of One” shortly after my twin sons were born, a unique and magical time. (The structure of pairs of related movements was inspired by the twins.) I wanted to immerse myself in a specific mood, explore it on a big canvass, and then let the player decide how long to sustain it. (You can play any number of movements in any order.) When asked, I cite this as my most personal piece, a kind of mission statement for what I hope to do as a guitar composer.

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“It is beautiful and sensitive music, very well written for the instrument, very communicative and with lots of personality. I specifically enjoyed the harmonic sensitivity and the rich textures that sound so well and natural on the guitar.”–Nadav Lev


Roominating

I. The Living Room (Cavatina Duo)

II. The Attic

III. The Bedroom

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Written in 2004 for the Cavatina Duo, three movements, ca. 10 minutes.

Denis Azabagic and his wife Eugenia are great players, great people, and good friends, and I wanted to write natural and intimate music for them. The movements are named after rooms in a house: the elegant and organized living room, the cluttered attic, and finally the bedroom.

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