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Guitar Concerto "Caribbean" (Guitar/Piano)"

Guitar and Piano Reduction

By Herbert Chappell

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Guitar and Piano
Guitar and Piano Reduction. Composed by Herbert Chappell. Music Sales America. Classical. Book Only. Composed 2012. Chester Music #MUSCH80003. Published by Chester Music (HL.14041940).

Item Number: HL.14041940

9x12 inches.

This concerto, a new addition to the literature for guitar and orchestra, casts the guitar almost as a member of the percussion family from the very beginning, explosive in its energy, easing into song for its secondtheme.

An extensive cadenza takes the soloist to the highest note before plunging into an appropriately hectic ending. A simple (but all the more telling) guitar solo opens and closes the middle movement, a nocturne withanother extended cadenza. The movement starts in meditation, grows into a broad chorale-like melody, and moves into rage before the orchestra intervenes to return to the calm of the beginning. The boisterous and carefree flavourof the last movement, sketched while on holiday in Antigua during Carnival, gives the concerto its nickname.

This riotous and exuberant finale generates an irresistible rumba, bringing together themes first heard at thevery beginning of the work, particularly the rasqueado strumming and the tamburo percussive effects. The moods and flavour of the Caribbean are very acutely captured, not in a tourist photograph but in an obviously loving,spiritual portrait.

            Eduardo Fernandez

The Guitar Concerto "Caribbean" has been recorded by Eduardo Fernandez withthe English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth.

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