Depicting the Narrative of a Dream
Publication's Style: Soft Cover
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate/Advanced
General Description: Contemporary Guitar Solo
Neverland depicts a dream I had that began with me floating through the clouds and descending upon a mysterious island. Upon landing, I was met by the island's natives and my dream began to shift back and forth between dream and nightmare. During my visit I was transported through scenes of such intense beauty, scenes of dancing, music, rituals and even a few moments of nightmarish violence.
When I awoke I wrote about the dream in sounds and rhythms, depicting the scenes I had experienced. Neverland is an attempt to recreate my experience in a musical setting, including the manner in which dreams and nightmares flow freely into one another.
About the Composer
Thomas Flippin (b.1983) is an award-winning American classical guitarist, composer, and music educator. He holds degrees from both the University of Chicago, where he received the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Composition Prize, and from the Yale School of Music. Flippin’s works have been performed at universities, guitar societies, and festivals across the United States. As a composer, he has studied with Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall, John Anthony Lennon, and Michelle Mcquade Dewhirst.
As a performer, Flippin's teachers include Benjamin Verdery, Denis Azabagic, and Dr. Julie Goldberg. He has given masterclass performances for Sharon Isbin at the Aspen Music Festival, Manuel Barrueco at the Peabody Summer Guitar Masterclass, Eliot Fisk, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, among others. Flippin is also a prizewinner in several national guitar competitions and is a member of the guitar ensemble, Duo Noire, which recently received a highly competitive Alumni Ventures grant from the Yale School of Music to tour New England.
Currently, Flippin is on faculty at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains NY, where he teaches guitar and music theory, and at the Long Ridge Music School in Stamford CT, where he is the Guitar Department Chair.