Lyric Variationssolo guitar (2000)
|Commission||Bath International Guitar Festival with support from South West Arts|
|Premiere||July 31, 2000; Michael Tippett Centre, Bath, UK; Gary Ryan, guitar|
As in other of my works, such as Chelsea Tango for orchestra and Tango Amoroso for guitar trio, Lyric Variations pays homage to Latin American and Spanish composers, many of whom have written for the guitar with great subtlety and flair. The small, melancholic 'theme', which appears near the beginning, middle and end, and which is introduced by bell-like harmonics and strummed line, is based on a simple descending progression. This harmonic progression is then stylized and dramatized in the intervening variations.