Four-Sided Guitar: Four movements
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Four-Sided Guitar seeks to reconcile tradition and modernity in writing for the guitar: It is a four-movement sonata where each movement is modelled on a Classical form; however, in each movement, I have approached the guitar in a radically different way. With this work, I have hoped to create a cohesive work that includes a wide spectrum of what could be considered "guitar music". The first movement is a traditionally notated sonata-allegro for nylon-stringed classical guitar. The second is a rondo for prepared electric guitar that features a range of extended techniques that I have developed over years of writing and improvising prepared guitar music. Next, we find a minuet and trio. This movement is, however, also an entirely digital work on fixed media created with classical guitar samples that draws on contemporary popular dance styles. To conclude, the fourth movement is a rondo for electric guitar with live signal processing in the Max for Live software environment, some of which I programmed myself in Max/MSP. I have tried to preserve unity among these works with the use of common rhythmic motives, a common melodic motive, and a common 12-note row - a highly tonal 12-note row based on the harmonic spectrum of an E string.