by Frank A. Wallace
for guitar solo
Preview: a sample PDF of Caracara
Duration: 9 minutes; 5 pages
Difficulty level: advanced
Instrumentation: solo guitar
The Mexican guitarist Pablo Garibay has established himself as a leading force on the international classical guitar scene, with his pioneering interpretations of well-known classics and impressive performances of lesser-known masterpieces. With a repertoire that includes the great guitar concertos, notably those by Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Giuliani, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Manuel Ponce and Villa-Lobos, Pablo Garibay is particularly known for his interpretations of Latin American music, having performed premières by contemporary composers Ernesto Garcia de León, Juan Helguera, Diógenes Rivas, Mateo Barreiro, Ernesto Cordero, Rodrigo Sigal, and Tomás Barreiro. As a concerto soloist, he made his professional début with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de Mexico and has since appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout Europe and the Americas. A winner of no fewer than sixteen international prizes, including first prizes at the International Francisco Tárrega Competition, International Julián Arcas Competition (Spain), Manuel Ponce International Guitar Competition (Mexico City), René Bartoli International Competition (Aix-en-Provence, France), JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition (Buffalo, USA), the International Guitar Competition in Aachen, and the International Guitar Competition in Gevelsberg (Germany). He is currently Guitar Professor at the UNAM’s Music Faculty in Mexico City. Pablo Garibay plays guitars made by Kamil Jaderny.
Caracara is the fifth in my series of “raptors” – solo pieces written in A / B form and named after various raptors, birds of prey, for no particular reason, except their magnificence, beauty and power. The caracara is a the national bird of Mexico, chosen for this piece especially because of whom it is dedicated to. The adagio first section, Cara de la luna, is for Pablo Garibay who I first met in 2009 when he came to Boston to participate in my Festival 21 to perform new music of Mexico. Two years later I made my second of now four trips to Mexico to participate in Juan Carlos’s Festival de Guitarra in Taxco. The Presto second section, Cara del Sol is dedicated to Juan Carlos. Pablo is one of Juan Carlos’s exceptional students. I have been greatly inspired by both artists for their beauty of tone, power of musical presence and overall magnificent character which shines through their music and lives.