2003-09-24 05:28:03 UTC
of a beatiful photograph by John Wasak (a serious New York artist). The
piece, whose movements are entitled: 1) Trees 2) Heavens 3) Waters, has been
delivered at the beginning of this Summer to its dedicatee, the guitarist
David Leisner. With his permission, I report here his comments:
"The piece is so beautifully written for the instrument. I would think that
it would fit anyone's left hand like a glove, perfectly natural and smooth.
It will be, I believe, a difficult piece for most audiences, especially the
first and, to a lesser extent, the last movement. The harmonic language is
rather grey and forbidding, and the overall emotional atmosphere is austere
(I really like this austerity!). But melody is everywhere, and if the
interpreter brings this out always, I think it will communicate... [I was
of course very pleased with David's response about the atmosphere of the
music, because of its affinity with John Wasak's image].
...The first movement, Trees, reminds me a bit of Ocram in its passion, but
now far more controlled and always in the service of its sophisticated form.
The 2nd mvmt., Heavens, is heartbreakingly beautiful. It is unsentimental
and very touching..." etc. etc.
David will premiere the piece during 2004 concert season. Subsequently,
Edizioni Musicali Bèrben will publish the music with his fingering and
dynamic-expression marks (he has suggested to change them and I will of
This was the second of three Sonatas which I aimed to write for guitar solo
after more than ten years of dedication to compose concertos with orchestra
and chamber music with guitar. The first of these Sonatas, entitled
"Sonatine des fleurs et des oiseaux", has been written for and dedicated to
the young, outstanding Italian guitarist Lorenzo Micheli, who premiered it
on last August at Lagonegro Festival. After the premiere, I asked Lorenzo to
give me a bit of time to correct some points which I had thought of too
abstractly, and whose sound did not match my expectation (a guilt of the
composer, not of the excellent interpreter). I have just delivered to him
(he leaves today Italy for one of his USA tours) the updated version, and
after his new premiere I will send it to the Bèrben print. The third Sonata
("La Casa del Faro") is in course of composition. Mark Delpriora will be
called in as a dedicatee and first performer.
On 2002 I wrote two more guitar solo works: "Triptico de las visiones", a
three movement Suite dedicated to the Spanish guitarist Gabriel Estarellas,
who will premiere them in the Madrid Auditorium on 2004, and the short (5
minutes) "Colloquio con Andrés Segovia", already in the repertoire of its
dedicatee, Frédéric Zigante, who premiered it on last March in Rome.