Today is a bit of an experiment. As I mentioned in this post, last weekend I did some recording, which I haven't done for quite a while. I have been lucky enough to connect with a very capable recording engineer, Ken Basman, so I think I will do a number of projects.
The experiment part is because there are a few new elements here. I have previously put up music that I have written (in this post), but that was a piece I wrote quite a while ago when I was writing in a rather different style: moment form. In recent years I have been working on rediscovering how to write harmony in a bit more traditional sense. I've also been working out how to write idiomatically for the guitar. You would think that would be easy, but it's not! Even if you are a guitarist. I find that I can only use about half of my musical ideas on the guitar. But I have written two suites I am pretty happy with, one in 2011 and one in 2012. For the future I am going to be making more use of all those musical ideas that don't work on guitar. I have written a six minute piece for orchestra and I'm working on a string quartet.
But this week I have recordings of all five movements of my Suite No. 1 for guitar. Here is the title page:
So this is a relatively new piece of music, newly recorded. I have created a little movie to go with it, but since I have a new iMac, I am wrestling with a really new version of iMovie, so bear with me! Today I am putting up the first movement, "Bagatelle". A bagatelle is a "short unpretentious instrumental composition". Both Beethoven and Bartók used the freedom of the form (there is no fixed form) to write short experimental pieces. William Walton wrote a spectacular set of five bagatelles for guitar. Mine is a short piece hovering between D major and B minor that I hope both charms and entertains.