Débil del Alba
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Débil del Alba

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Débil del Alba
by Frank A. Wallace

for guitar solo, an impressionistic piece in three sections

Preview: a sample of Debil del Alba

Commissioned by: Adam Wallace

Written: summer, 2003

Duration:7 minutes; 6 pages

Instrumentation: solo guitar

Difficulty level: medium with some stretches; fast arpeggios; polyphony

Recording: Duo LiveOak’s CD Woman of the Water


Débil del Alba (Tenderness of the Dawn) was conceived as a duet for guitar and dancer. After hearing my son, Adam Wallace, play a very tender and moving Villa-Lobos Prelude #4 at the end of his freshman year at Skidmore College, he requested I write something for him and his girlfriend to perform together. And so I wrote this piece for him and dancer Jessyca Dudley later that summer of 2003. Sadly, they broke up and he stopped playing the guitar soon after – so much for Dad getting involved! The title comes from a poem by Pablo Neruda which Jessyca chose. Lyrical melodies in the first and third sections contrast with an agitated, impressionistic middle section composed in a whole tone scale. It ends in a very peaceful return to G Major.

This video of our 2010 trip to Taxco, Mexico for the 13th International Guitar Festival run by Juan Carlos Laguna features Débil del Alba as background music.

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Copyright ©2006 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
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