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de Fossa Op. 9, Theme Varié
Chasing Dragons by Honolulu based guitarist/composer Darin Au received its world premiere at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival in San Antonio, Texas on October 21, 2000 by the Childbloomï¿½ Select Guitar Choir, conducted by Kevin Taylor.
Chasing Dragons is meant to be performed as a quartet or as a guitar orchestra in four parts. However, two ad lib parts (Guitar V and Guitar VI) are included. These parts should be used in larger ensembles by players with less experience. Guitar V pa…
When I first heard this work in 1961, I was, to put it mildly, thunderstruck. It was played on the organ of the Valparaiso Cathedral, Indiana, by the blind organist André Marshal. I was sitting in the middle of the Cathedral, where the organist himself was not visible to me. The emotional impact of this music was so powerful, that I had a great difficulty in controlling my tears. A couple of years later, I heard André Marshal playing the same piece in a church in Lausanne, Switz…
The Air Varié et Dialogué by Antoine de Lhoyer is the earliest guitar quartet known. Similar to many concertante chamber music works of the period, the four guitar are treated in this Air Varié et Dialogué more or less equally. While Guitar I seem to dominate, the other instruments are given important solo passages as well, in full compliance of the stated dialogue aspect of the composition. The manner in which the theme and its variations are taken by each guitar …
The composer says:
This set of miniatures, for guitar quartet and narrator, evokes characters and scenes from Dylan Thomas’ play for voices ‘Under Milk Wood’ (1954). The piece can be performed with or without narrator.
Stephen Goss was born in 1964. His music receives hundreds of performances worldwide each year and has been recorded on over 40 CDs by more than a dozen record labels, including EMI, Decca, and Telarc. Xuefei Yang’s recording…