“Conversation” is a composition for three guitars. Here are some thoughts from the composer.
“At regular intervals, my friend John Stropes and I have conversations. Many of them are personal, others more technical. About the latter we often talk about chamber music for acoustic guitar and we notice how small the numbers of this repertoire are. Prompted by one of these conversations, I decided to dedicate part of my work as a composer to the chamber sector. Thus was born “Conversation.”
“I would say that the main prerogative in “Conversation” is fluidity. There is no sharpness, there is no disagreement: the parts change between the three protagonists (guitars 1, 2, and 3), and the counterpoint that is created is harmoniously clear; the transit between the two main tonal regions D major and A major is not controversial. In short, John and I basically agree that the acoustic guitar needs a chamber repertoire. This composition of mine is a contribution.
“The structure is ABA: an A section full of quatrains is followed by a more cantabile B section which flows into a return to A with finale. Basically it is a succession of tonal passages that move in the region of D major and A major with harmonized cadences and phrases in close counterpoint and overlapping of chords. Two guitars are tuned D2 A2 D3 E3 B3 E3 and one A1 A2 D3 E3 B3 E4. The guitar with the double As plays without capo, with capo 5/6 at IV, and capo 5/6 at V, often moved during the performance. The executive practice foresees conventional articulation with tapping incursions and mixed techniques (articulation, tapping, muting). I started with some written sentences but then, in fact, I continued recording material and juxtaposing the counterpoint always in recording.”
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