Shadow of the Sun

Price: $4.95
by Frank A. Wallace
for guitar solo

Alternate version: included as third movement of Suite Hartt

Preview: a sample PDF of Shadow of the Sun

Duration: 5 minutes; 3 pages

Difficulty level: Advanced technically and musically

Instrumentation: solo guitar

Written: March, 2014 for Richard Provost and Christopher Ladd and dedicated to Rose and Albert Augustine

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

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Copyright ©2014 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
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Shadow of the Sun is an addendum to eight other works that comprise As It Could Be, a chamber suite dedicated to the Hartt School of Music Guitar Department and its founder/director Richard Provost on the occasion of their 50th anniversary. It can be played separately or as a third movement to the other two solos in the collection: Cry Among the Clouds and A Wisp in the Dark.

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]

Copyright ©2014 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
All rights reserved.