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I wanted to showcase not just Guy‘s brilliant musicianship but also the qualities of the instrument he plays and his innate understanding of it. The fantastic resonance of the instrument is what inspired the opening gesture, with the two lowest open strings dictating the opening chord, harmony and shape of the work.
The piece is in four sections. The first showcases lyrical extremes of the instrument, while the second is a relentless tarantella-like music with erratic outbursts leading to a third, broader expressive music where intense melodic gestures meld, shift, and fall upon each other. The last section is a quiet, distant recap of the opening which fades to nothing.
from notes by Guy Johnston © 2017