Implosives : guitar duet
by Haydn Reeder (1981)
This work was originally written for solo guitar. The composer and performers have found that this arrangement for two guitars is more practical and therefore more effective.
The ideas in the work sprang from my desire to exploit the 'natural' attributes of the guitar. The initial idea of calmly ascending and descending thirds and sixths is fairly soon consigned to accompanying a second idea which is a full-throated melody.
From about a third of the way into the piece, both of these ideas are intermittently interrupted by what sound like explosions. In reality they are implosions as they often return the music to the calm initial idea. However, these implosions affect the other ideas. For instance, the impassioned low-pitched melody (second idea) is now animated by tremoli and ornamented. As for the initial idea, by the end of the piece its identity has changed significantly.
Instrumentation: 2 guitars.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Medium — Some virtuosity required
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