Homage Sonatina

Homage Sonatina (1993-2001) – 10′
for
Solo Guitar

Premiered by Dave Flynn. April 2002. St. Ann’s
Church, Dublin. Published by Frisbee Publications. (FP001)
Excerpts from demo recordings made by Dave Flynn

Programme Note

The movements of this piece were originally written as separate
pieces. I decided to combine them in Sonatina form when I realised they were
all written in homage to composer/guitarists, namely
Heitor Villa-Lobos, Andy Summers and Leo
Brouwer.


I – Homage to Heitor Villa-Lobos
Villa-Lobos was one of the great composers for the guitar and he was the first
major 20th Century composer I seriously studied. I wrote this piece
through improvisation. On completion I realised it owed a debt to Villa-Lobos,
so I acknowledged this debt by naming the piece after him. Aside from this
influence, there are strong jazz elements in the piece.


II – Elegy For Joan (Homage to Andy Summers)
– This is the first piece I wrote in a contemporary classical style, it is also
the first piece I wrote in standard notation. The original title of the piece
was ‘Homage to Andy Summers’. Andy Summers is best known as the guitarist in
the rock group ‘The Police’. His playing had an enormous influence on me in my
teenage years. He incorporated many different styles into his playing to create
a truly innovative style. Some of the chords he commonly used with The Police
are found in this piece, such as the first Aadd9 chord. In 2001 my mother Joan
Jennings died, so I decided to rename the piece and dedicate it to her, as it
was one of her favourite pieces of mine.


III – Irish Seascapes With Waves (Homage To Leo Brouwer) – This piece is an obvious play on Leo Brouwer’s Cuban Landscape
series. It is my tribute to Mr. Brouwer, one of the great musicians of our
time. The ending contains a lot of unusual percussive effects, which are
explained in the notation key at the end of the piece.