Wallace | Sketches for Two for 2 guitars

Wallace | Sketches for Two for 2 guitars

Model: Sketches for Two - DL
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Sketches for Two
by Frank A. Wallace
six classical guitar duos

Duration: 10 minutes; 10 pages
Difficulty level: Moderate; mostly single notes, some complex rhythms, appropriate for intermediate students

I. La Cara
II. La Bella
III. La Danza
IV. A la Bela
V. Caravan
VI. Shreds

Sketches for Two is a collection of miniatures written spontaneously over the past eight years. They are tone poems, short and direct. They are ethnic and simple, influenced by ouds and gypsy fiddles, medieval chants and renaissance fools, sacred motets and ancient guitarists. They come from my soul, not my head. They are a meditation, an album for the young.

Sketches for Two is comprised of two loosely connected suites of three pieces each. The first three have a Latin feel as the titles suggest. The second set begins with a homage to Bela Bartok (1881-1945), one of the great composers of the 20th century [a pun on the previous La Bella, "the beautiful one"]. Bartok showed great interest in his native Hungarian folk music and used the tunes and its general feel in his For Children and in his monumental piano method Mikrokosmos. A la Bela is a humorous, offbeat creation intended to end with a chuckle. Caravan uses a gypsy modality and drone whereas Shreds is in a contemporary minimalist style using slowly shifting harmonies with only shreds of melody appearing in either part.

All Frank A. Wallace compositions are ASCAP
Copyright ©2002 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
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  • Model: Sketches for Two - DL
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