The end of the age : for two guitars
by Marian Budos (2002)
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Library shelf no. 785.78712/BUD 1 [Available for loan]
In the early 2000s, I was involved in several projects with the Slovakian guitar duo La Barre. Jan had already premiered and performed many of my pieces and when he formed a due with Peter Remenik, he naturally asked me to write for the two of them as well. In 2001, I wrote a concerto for two guitars and string orchestra Heart On A Sleeve for them and after the successful premiere and recording for an album of the same title, they asked for more. This time a piece for two guitars to be premiered at the Kernow International Guitar Festival in England.
At the time, I was studying conducting and lots of my homework included sacred music of J.S. Bach. I regularly had to refer to the Bible to cross-reference some of the names, ides and stories used in Bach's music. During one of these readings, I came across a text what would became the title of this piece: The End of the Age. I tried to match this slightly apocalyptic idea with the music, but since I cannot sustain this dark mood for too long, there are lots of optimistic detours in this piece which lead to the Light.
The piece incorporates a few non-traditional classical guitar techniques such as finger tapping or playing chords by rubbing string with fingertips.
Instrumentation: 2 classical guitars.
Duration: 9 min.
Difficulty: Medium — AMEB 6/7 and above
Commission note: Commissioned by Duo La Barre.
First performance: by Duo La Barre — 20 Sep 02. The Kernow International Guitar Festival, Truro, UK
Performances of this work
20 Sep 02: The Kernow International Guitar Festival, Truro, UK. Featuring Duo La Barre.
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