Suite for guitar and orchestra

$28.48 David Warin Solomons

Instruments: Cor anglais, Bassoon, Guitar, Viola, Cello, Wood blocks, Harp, Contrabass, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Timpani, Violin
Genres: Romantic, Neoclassical, Renaissance
Published by: dwsolo
Publish Date: 19/01/2020
Total pages: 86
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Instruments Cor Anglais, Bassoon, Guitar, Viola, Cello, Wood Blocks, Harp, Contrabass, Clarinet, Oboe, Flute, Timpani, Violin
Genres Romantic, Neoclassical, Renaissance
Publish Date 19/01/2020
Published by dwsolo
Total pages 86
Price $28.48
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The Suite comprises:
Dreaming, Folksy Waltz, Sanctus with Pleni sunt caeli (= the heavens are full [of your glory]), Benedictus with another version of Pleni sunt Caeli, and finally Distant Storm.

It has elements of Romantic and Renaissance music, flamenco, Latin American, a bit of Celtic square dancing, classical minuets and a general joie de vivre mixed with a little spirituality.

Dreaming is a romantic "getting to know you" scene between guitar and orchestra, with slow harmonic progressions in the strings and melodic imitations and dialogues between guitar and woodwind and then also between guitar and harp.
A simple waltz follows, in which the flutes take up new melodies and the guitar initially just provides accompaniment but joins in the conversation as the movement progresses.

The Sanctus and Benedictus section reflects the rhythms of the Latin words of the mass, with the Osanna (which I have now renamed Pleni sunt caeli) after each main part being a little faster and reminsicent of some of the lute works of Vincenzo Galilei.
The harmonic ideas of the Sanctus also colour the slower parts of the last movement, Distant Storm, but the main part of this final movement is a rhythmically exciting dialogue between the various sections of the orchestra and the guitar, leading to an abrupt conclusion, possibly the first thunderclap of a distant but approaching storm, or possibly just a bit of fun.

The video is the first live recording of Suite for guitar and orchestra, performed by András Csáki and the Budapest Scoring Symphonic Orchestra under Péter Illényi