Wallace | Timid Nightingale for solo guitar

Wallace | Timid Nightingale for solo guitar

Model: Timid Nightingale - DL
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Timid Nightingale
Sonata #2 for guitar by Frank A. Wallace
four movements for solo guitar

I. The sweet voice
II. If I forget to love
III. Garden and grove
IV. A joy that rises

Duration: 17 minutes; 11 pages
Difficulty level: professional concert work

Timid Nightingale, my second sonata for classical guitar solo, was commissioned by Joseph Mayes in memory of his father, cellist Samuel Mayes. The four movements were inspired by La dousa votz, a troubadour song by Bernart de Ventadorn that is special to the memory of Joseph and his father. Joe is a longtime colleague and friend of mine and was Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Guitar Society for many years. After my concert there in November of 2016, Joe asked me to write this piece.

"I have heard the sweet voice sing
of the timid nightingale,
it’s impressed upon my heart
so that all the care and pain
and mistreatment love can give
he has sweetened and made mild,
so to heal my pain
I need joy that rises from outside."

trans. James H. Donalson (from Provençal)

While the song makes fleeting appearances in the first movement, a tiny sub theme involving the notes F, E and D# (derived from Samuel’s name) took over my creative thought. Those notes drove the creation of the next three movements and are played with over and over again.

All Frank A. Wallace compositions are ASCAP
Copyright ©2017 Frank A. Wallace
Cover photography and design by Nancy Knowles
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  • Model: Timid Nightingale - DL
  • Manufactured by: Gyre (wallace)
  • Condition: New
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