Introduced species : for solo guitar
by Ken Murray (2016)
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There are many introduced plants and animals in Australia and musical invasions, both planned and accidental are also numerous. Brazil has one of the greatest guitar cultures on the planet and in recent years this music has established a strong presence in Australia. I've never travelled to Brazil but I am fortunate to have heard and played with some wonderful exponents of Brazilian music, including Mauricio Carrilho, Paulo Aragão and Australia's own Doug de Vries. A number of my guitar pieces, including this set, are inspired by these artists.
1. Cane Toad is a chord study in the style of the first Etudes for guitar by Heitor Villa Lobos and Radamés Gnattali. The piece explores voicings and resonance and every chord has at least one open string. The runs utilize open strings and left hand finger patterns in the manner of Villa Lobos and Egberto Gismonti.
2. Free Range was written for my friend the Hong Kong guitarist Maggie Lo. The style of the piece is influenced by the chromatic harmony and expressive style of the wonderful Brazilian composer and guitarist Guinga.
3. Gecko is an attempt to write a moto perpetuo choro in the manner of Doug de Vries' classic guitar piece Hummingbird. I have learnt so much about Brazilian music from Doug and the piece is a tribute to him.
Duration: 12 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — The first and third movements are challenging and at a grade 8 AMEB standard. The second movement Free range is easier and at a grade 6 AMEB standard.
Contents note: 1. Cane Toad - "Sapo-cururu" -- 2. Free Range -- 3. Gecko - "Lagartixa".
Dedication note: Dedicated to Doug De Vries
First performance: by Ken Murray — 8 Jul 16. Concert Hall, Hong Kong Academy for the Arts
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Brazilian music, Guinga, Villa Lobos, Choro, Doug de Vries
Performances of this work
8 Jul 16: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Academy for the Arts. Featuring Ken Murray.
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