A Heavy Sleep

Price: $4.95
by Frank A. Wallace
for solo guitar on the occasion of Benjamin Britten’s 100th Anniversary

Preview: a sample PDF of A Heavy Sleep

Duration: 4:20 minutes; 2 pages

Difficulty level: Moderate for concert guitarist

Written: March, 2013

Commissioned by: Detlev Bork on the occasion of Benjamin Britten’s 100th Anniversary

Instrumentation: solo guitar

World premiere: November 9, 2013 by Detlev Bork at Kammermusiksaal der Musik- und Singschule Heidelberg, Germany

Recording: by Frank A. Wallace on Gyre: Elemental, 2013

All Gyre compositions are ASCAP.
Copyright ©2013 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
All rights reserved.

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Detlev Bork, guitarist

Detlev Bork, guitarist

A Heavy Sleep was commissioned by and written for German guitarist Detlev Bork on the occasion of Benjamin Britten’s 100th Anniversary. The title and motivic content of the piece were derived from Britten’s monumental work Nocturnal from 1963. It seemed fitting that since Britten’s masterpiece was inspired by John Dowland’s great song, Come Heavy Sleep, I should in turn find my musical inspiration in the gestures and harmonic language of the Nocturnal.