From the recording Allegro con brio
Suite #3 in A minor for guitar solo
The Suite in A minor, the third of the cycle, is cast in the traditional fast-slow-fast three movement format associated with Baroque concerti. The first movement, marked with a tempo indication Allegro maestoso is based on an Aeolian motive which shifts metrically between 4/4 and ¾ time, and features not one, but two solo cadenzas. The second movement, given with the tempo marked Moderately, is a graceful Renaissance dance in ¾ time with some rather unusual harmonic variations. The third movement, marked Moderately fast, is an expository juxtaposition of two main themes which are intertwined in a dialogue incorporating rhythms more commonly associated with Rock music of the 1960’s. The overall harmonic language has a modal rather than tonal feel and gives the piece a curiously modern sounding character within the context of the antique formal structure.
A transcription of this suite as a concerto for guitar and strings has been performed by the composer as soloist leading the orchestra.
The four suites for solo guitar were recorded by the composer in a series of sessions engineered by Phillippe Aubuchon in the Spring and Summer of 2009 and were released on-line in 2010.