Changes Upon the Guitar

Price: $16.95
by Frank A. Wallace
for violin, viola and seven guitars; PARTS INCLUDED

Preview: a sample PDF of Changes Upon the Guitar

Duration: 7 minutes; 18 pages

Difficulty level: Moderate; mostly single notes for guitars

Written: December, 2013 for Richard Provost and the Hartt School of Music

Commissioned by: the Hartt School of Music Guitar Department at the University of Hartford, CT with assistance from the Augustine Foundation

Instrumentation: violin, viola and seven guitars

World premiere: April 12, 2014 at the Hartt School, Hartford, CT; with Phenix Trio – Richard Provost, guitar; Rita Porfiris, viola; Anton Miller violin; with Christopher Ladd, Scott Hill, Yovianna Garcia, Dan Hartington, Nick Cutroneo, Jeremy Milligan

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

Changes Upon the Guitar
Eight works composed by Frank A. Wallace in winter 2014 comprise As It Could Be, a chamber suite commissioned by and dedicated to the Hartt School of Music Guitar Department and its founder/director Richard Provost on the occasion of their 50th anniversary. The project was conceived at dinner following a concert of the New England Guitar Quartet at the Hartt Festival in the summer of 2013. My interest in writing chamber music melded perfectly with Dick’s desire to plan a celebration/concert for the Anniversary. Dick suggested using The Man with the Blue Guitar by Wallace Stevens (a resident of Hartford, CT) as a source of lyrics for a song to include. This incredible testimony to art and its role in changing society became inspiration for the music and titles. The possibilities for chamber music with guitar, guitar orchestra and ensembles are only beginning to be fully realized. Thank you Dick (and all your colleagues) who brought the guitar out of the dark ages and into a brilliant new community of creativity and progress through your courage, hard work and vision. Thanks to the Augustine Foundation for their support of this project. Let us imagine a future as it could be: “Things as they are / Are changed upon the blue guitar.” [Stevens]