three movements for guitar quartet or orchestra in four equal parts; PARTS INCLUDED
Andante / Pesante / Allegro
Preview: a sample PDF of Spring Symphony for guitar orchestra
Duration: 13 minutes; 28 pages
Difficulty: Moderate; mostly single notes for guitars; some intricate rhythms
Instrumentation: four standard classical guitar parts (some divisi optional sections)
Written: October, 2014
Commissioned by: New Hampshire Music Educators Association; special thanks to John Zevos
World Premiere: January 10, 2015 by the first NH All-State Guitar Orchestra conducted by Scott Borg
These midi sound files are produced by Finale Garritan Personal Orchestra
Spring Symphony is a three movement work for guitar orchestra conceived of as a symphonic work for an advanced high school group. Symphonic is not a word associated with guitar, but I wanted to convey the richly detailed textures of the score and to encourage performers to think big and colorful. The piece was commissioned for the first New Hampshire All-State guitar orchestra by the NH Music Educators Association. NH is only the fifth state to have an All-State group for guitar – it was the brain-child of John Zevos, director of the Timberlane High School guitar program in Plaistow NH. John was a student of mine briefly about 20 years ago when he was getting his undergraduate degree at Plymouth St. College. He has been a great friend ever since and a model of energy and enthusiasm for his students and me alike.
It was a great honor that John asked me to write this piece for the first ever performance by a group of all-state guitar students. I wanted the event to be joyous and festive and so I hope the work conveys those feelings. My working title was “Fall Symphony,” simply since I was writing it in the fall – but on completion I realized that the opposite season symbolizes the emotions and grandeur of the piece, as well as the promise of youth.
Read more on the Gyre Blog entitle “The Guitar Symphony”