Saturday, August 04, 2007

I can't help but post a link to this!

I admit you have to be a theology geek of some sort to fully appreciate the humor but this was just too funny for me not to link to! Name-dropping Pink was just too much!

Monday, July 30, 2007

composing little things can be fun

I just finished a study for solo guitar in G sharp minor. Yep, couldn't resist. The whole thing is built around a special effect, really, a stunt. But it's a stunt that I thought was well worth trying.

There aren't that many works in G sharp minor written for solo classical guitar for the simple reason that it's a tricky key.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Duo Guitarinet

I have discovered this ensemble within the year and am very glad to have found them. Works for clarinet and guitar are relatively rare, especially in recorded music. Scores can be somewhat difficult to find. It's not so much that you can't just be an enterprising person and go order something that lists the score as for clarinet and guitar as that you don't know what you're getting into. That's the inherently speculative nature of investigating new chamber music.

Of course that's what I like to do in my spare time but I admit that even the most willing person can, on a small budget, become only so willing to cast caution to the wind and invest in just any new piece of music, whether through recordings or scores.

Which is why I am happy to have discovered this ensemble. They're worth investing time and money and your ears in. Duo Guitarinet consists of Jan Jakub Bokun on clarinet and Krysztof Pelech on guitar. They have two CDs out together and Bokun has a couple of CDs out, one of which includes more material played with Pelech. They're all worthy CDs and if you can manage to find them I commend them all.

One of there CDs is, simply enough, called Duo Guitarinet. This features a number of Piazzolla arrangements for the instruments from the Argentinian composer's flute and guitar repertoire, most famously Histoire du Tango. I kind of like it better as a piece for clarinet and guitar in some ways because ... not to offend my flute-playing friends out there, sometimes the flute sounds a bit shrill. I still think music for flute and guitar is great, though. It's a credit to Piazzolla's work that Histoire du Tango holds up very well no matter what instrument is taking the quicksilver flute parts.

One of the stand-out pieces for me is Radames Gnattali's Sonata for clarinet and guitar. I don't know if it was originaly composed for the instruments with absolute certainty but it sounds wonderfully idiomatic. In fact, if any of you reading this blog happen to know where I can find this score by all means post a comment and let me know! This piece is great!

This is the kind of duo that a guitarist writing for chamber ensemble could only hope actually exists. In fact I'll admit that I've mailed a score and parts to them not too long ago and I hope they like my piece, and like it enough to play it.

The label is Dux, by the way.