Three distractions : guitar ensemble
by Richard Charlton (2001)
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Three Distractions was commissioned by Christopher Keane for the Cranbrook Guitar Ensemble in late 2001. The title grew out of my circumstances at the time, as I was composing a major work for the 2002 Darwin International Guitar Festival - my duo guitar & guitar orchestra concerto -"Rhapsody". I set aside that work to write these pieces! In a way it was a nice distraction, as they were great fun to compose.
The individual movements are entitled, Déjà vu, a piece with a melody slightly similar to an earlier work, Livewire; Daydreams, with a calm, warm, afternoon feel and Dangerous Curves, a quirky bi-tonal blues that gives you a sense of being "in a car, out-of-control, down a windy mountain road!"
Instrumentation: Requinto, 2nd & 3rd guitars, bass guitar. Also suitable for performance by guitar quartet.
Duration: 9 min.
Difficulty: Medium — School student.
Contents note: 1. Déjà vu! -- 2. Daydreams -- 3. Dangerous curves!.
Commission note: Commissioned by Christopher Keane.. For Christopher Keane & the Cranbrook Guitar Orchestra.
First performed by the Cranbrook Guitar Orchestra at concerts at Sydney Grammar School and the Western Australian Guitar Festival during 2002.
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