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Tres meditacions (homenatge a Antoni Gaudi) : for retuned classical guitar

by Marián Budoš (2019)

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Whenua O Te Manu


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Whenua O Te Manu / John Couch.

Library shelf no. CD 3302 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

I wrote this piece after my visit to Barcelona in October 2018, inspired by the city and the amazing work of Antoni Gaudí. I have represented three iconic architectural marvels in three movements: Casa Batlló, La Sagrada Família, and Parc Güell.


While writing this piece, with fresh memories of Barcelona, I had imagines of Antoni Gaudí taking Gustav Mahler around the city showing him his work, finishing the day drinking hot coffee at the top of Casa Batlló. The slowly unravelling 1st and 2nd movements are reminiscent of Mahler's symphonies, especially his slow movements.


Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Retuned classical guitar.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Casa Batlló -- II. La Sagrada Família -- III. Parc Güell.

Dedication note: A tribute to Antoni Gaudí and his work

Commission note: Commissioned by John Couch.. Commissioned by John Couch.

First performance: by John Couch at Ethnoclassics Live - John Couch in Concert (Union Hall (Adelaide)) on 14 Jun 2019

The composer notes the following influences, subjects, genres etc associated with this work:
Inspired by the city of Barcelona, Antoni Gaudí, and the music of Gustav Mahler.

Retuned guitar (scordatura). Extended techniques used in the 1st movemnt (e.g. fingertapping), melodic tremolo in the 2nd movement, and furious 3rd movement with a calm ending.

Performances of this work

26 Jun 2023: at 47th Guitar Festival of J. K. Mertz, Bratislava, Slovakia (Klarisky Concert Hall (Slovakia)). Featuring Karol Samuelcik.

21 Jun 2023: at Festival Forfest (Church of Saint Maurice (Kroměříž)). Featuring Karol Samuelcik.

17 Jun 2023: at Classical Koncerty at Vinoteka Sommelier Martin, Slovakia (Vinoteka Sommelier (Slovakia)). Featuring Karol Samuelcik.

17 Jul 2022: at Marian Budos concert with Cooma Guitar Ensemble (St Paul's Anglican Church Hall (Cooma)). Featuring Marián Budoš.

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.

2 Feb 2020: at Tributes (Bill & Libby's House). Featuring Marián Budoš.

14 Jan 2020: at Taranaki Summer Guitar School (New Plymouth Girls High (NZ)). Featuring John Couch.

14 Jun 2019: at Ethnoclassics Live - John Couch in Concert (Union Hall (Adelaide)). Featuring John Couch.

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