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for Guitar (2016)

for Guitar (2016) is based on a short melodic figure that appears in some of my other pieces (The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa,Incantation, etc.) reworked for guitar so that boundaries between timbre, harmony, and melody blur and disappear. Boundaries are blurred, too, between repetition, variation, and contrast, as the figure seems to repeat, but is always varied. The natural resonance of the instrument, too, is central to creating and sustaining the atmosphere of the piece. for Guitar is dedicated to Adrian Verdejo, who commissioned the work through the Canada Council for the Arts.

- Rodney Sharman