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Music of Memory

By Nicholas Maw

Composed by Nicholas Maw (1935-). Classical Guitar Solo; Masterworks; Solo; Solo Small Ensembles. Faber Edition. 20th Century; Masterwork. Sheet. Faber Music #12-0571514545. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571514545).

Item Number: AP.12-0571514545

ISBN 9780571514540. English.

The work's title, Music of Memory, refers to the long-term memory of a golden age (and the corresponding hope that it can continue to nourish our own art) represented by the Mendelssohn; the short-term 'memory' of an original that lies behind the variation form; and the use of the different kinds of memory-related techniques and materials during the work - 'guitar sounds' typical of the instrument and its repertoire, and the 'memory recalls' of the coda.

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  • November 07, 2011 A Masterpiece

    Maw's Music of Memory is quite possibly the greatest piece of solo guitar work of all time. That is quite a statement, I know. The sheet music itself is perfect; extremely explicit, but very complicated. For a piece of this magnitude, one cannot be surprised. I purchased this sheet...

    music out of respect and curiosity. My gut feeling was correct; this piece is well beyond the Advanced level. To play properly, this is a virtuoso masterpiece. Period. Highly recommended to Advanced guitarists for an extreme challenge, and potential composers who want to witness Contemporary Solo Guitar writing at its finest.

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