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Sonata of forgotten dreams : Sonata 3

by Richard Charlton (2015)

Also known as: Sonata 3

Work Overview

A large-scale sonata in four movements, guitar tuned E, G#, C#, g, b, e.

Neo-Romantic, but tonal relations based on the tuning.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Guitar.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Lento misterioso & Allegro con brio (Crusades and crosses) (5 min., 15  sec.) -- 2. Vivace (scherzo) (The games of chance) (2 min., 30 sec.) -- 3. Larghetto (Reconciliations and regrets) (3 min., 55 sec.) -- 4. Allegro agitato (Recurring dreams) (4 min., 10 sec.).

Dedication note: Dedicated to Tim Kain

Commission note: Commissioned by Tim Kain.

First performance: by Tim Kain at Tim Kain - Taranaki Guitar Summer School (4th Wall Theatre (New Plymouth, NZ)) on 11 Jan 2016

As individuals we all have our own “forgotten dreams” – dreams of things we are going to achieve, places we are going to go, loves we pursued and loves we lost? I think though, that humanities’ greatest forgotten dream is that of “peace and harmony”. As the recent events in Paris and many places around the world show, this is a long forgotten dream that seems to always be just out of reach. Another much more uplifting inspiration for this piece was a wonderful documentary film by Werner Herzog that came out in 2010 called the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”. In it, a small crew were given a rare chance to film inside France's Chauvet Cave, where the walls are covered with the world's oldest surviving paintings. To preserve the art, people are only allowed to enter the site for two weeks a year. The 30,000-year-old drawings, represents humanity's earliest dreams – forgotten for many centuries but still there!

This work uses a scordatura where the 4th and 5th strings are lowered one semitone:

From the 6th string, the tuning is as follows: - E, G#, C#, g, b, e

There is a performance part written as for guitar in normal tuning, the full score shows the actual pitch as well as the scordatura part.



Performances of this work

27 Feb 2016: at Timothy Kain Guitar Recital (Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre). Featuring Tim Kain.

11 Jan 2016: at Tim Kain - Taranaki Guitar Summer School (4th Wall Theatre (New Plymouth, NZ)). Featuring Tim Kain.

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