for solo guitar
FLAC file is a recording done in September 2013 by Frank Wallace on a 1958 Velasquez guitar
Preview: a sample of Black Falcon
Duration: 9 minutes; 7 pages
Skill level: Difficult
Written: March, 2013, for Edel Muñoz
Instrumentation: classical guitar
Black Falcon was written for Cuban guitarist Edel Muñoz, who I wrist met at the 2011 St. Joseph Guitar Festival, Edel was back to do his “winner’s concert”, but I missed it. Fortunately, we met again at Classical Minds in Houston in June 2012 at which point we got to hear each others’ concerts. Edel is one of the most suave and subtle yet powerful players I have ever heard. I was thrilled that he asked me to write a piece for him.
I had developed some techniques of generating ideas over the past few years that worked extremely well, but for some reason I tossed those ideas out the door and just wrote from pure inspiration. This is the result, a piece making use of the octatonic scale, my first use of the “diminshed” scale in a piece that alternates between dramatic chordal outbursts and flowing bass melodies. Black Falcon is in two sections: Larghissimo in 4/2 and Allegro in 12/8.