Last Train From Platform 49 : guitar solo
by Marián Budoš (2018)
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Library shelf no. 787.87/BUD 9 [Available for loan]
In June 2018, my close friend Laco passed away. We were childhood friends - having both once been athletes who had ended up on the Czechoslovakian national team, living in the same dormitory for many years. Sadly, his very successful career as a long-distance runner ended abruptly in his early 20s, when a car accident left him paraplegic. The car he had been driving had been the first prize from an international running competition in
France. Despite his ordeal, Laco never stopped being a fighter and a joker. Even when in unbearable pain, he was always the life of the party, and he never stopped being a gentleman. He would often make light of his difficult
situation. His comic impersonations were the stuff of legend. This piece is a tribute to Laco's great spirit.
The piece has 5 strings retuned to create rich sonorities. The first two movements are slow and reflective (approx.AMEB 7-8), the last one is shorter and fast (advanced level).
Instrumentation: Retuned classical guitar.
Duration: 12 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Mvt 1 is slow and could be played by medium level students (AMEB 5+), mvt 2 and 3 - advanced level
Contents note: I. Little ‘Requiem’ -- II. Memories of Old Times -- III. Fighting Spirit.
Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of Laco Halama 1969-2018
Commission note: Commissioned by Jan Labant for the Cithara Aediculae Festival, Nitra, Slovakia
The composer notes the following styles, genres, subjects etc associated with this work:
The first movement has classical and romantic era influences - a bit of Mozart mixed with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The second movement has rich chords with interesting and unexpected modulations. The third movement is very fast and does not stop 'pumping' until the very last few bars, when the tempo relaxes. The movement is very energetic with driving rhythms.
Performances of this work
16 Feb 2022: at Narrabundah College Lunchtime Concert Series - Marián Budoš: Tributes (Narrabundah College). Featuring Marián Budoš.
9 Feb 2022: at Wednesday Lunchtime concert - Marián Budoš: Tributes (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Marián Budoš.
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