Vijinn In short, Ted was one of the first classical guitarists to embrace the—at the time—new language on modernism. However, I must explain something first. Nunc is a great piece. Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to guifar visitors. Suite for guitar, Op.
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Mar, am Krenek, Krenek Why does this sound so familiar? After the war was over, John, a decorated war hero, returned to his home and re-established relations with Blind Joe. I have only heard one live performance, an excellent one by Stanley Yates I also have a recording, I believe by Stefano Grandona.
I feel the same way about the mandolin-guitar suite -- a fine piece, one that I respect, but not one I pull out of the file drawer where it resides all that often to read through or to learn. Nunc is a great piece. I know it well. However, I feel that the Krenek pieces both the guitar Suite and the guitar and mandolin Suite are also great works.
Obviously, one can discuss the merits or faults of particular works ad nauseum. A piece like Nunc and the Suite are good pieces to compare as they are similar in certain ways and different in others. I find Nunc to be full of more overtly "lyrical" gestures. Maybe it is the Italian background of the composer? Maybe not. When I try to help students express themselves when learning the Krenek Suite for guitar I sometimes describe it this way, and it seems to help.
He is a top rate composer. Just my 2 cents. He was a fine composer but, as a listener or player, I prefer others. Simple as that. What other piece by an equally important 20th century composer do mandolinists have? I think that your performance of the third movement is first-rate! When do we get to hear the rest of it? Mark mandobuzz Mar, am Mark, thank you for your kind words. Coming from one of the persons responsible for making this piece happen, I consider that a big compliment.
Regarding hearing more of our performance: Peter Yates and I performed this peice four times last year. Unfortunately, only one concert was professionally recorded, so that is all I have to offer. However, I must explain something first. If it were not for something that happened during the performance it would be a great audio file.
The movement is the Soliliqui, one of my favorites of the Suite. When done well, it can really draw in the audience in an intimate way, as the title of the movment suggests.
About 15 seconds into it a cell phone of someone in the front row went off, then the person next to him groaned out loud in displeasure, then the phone emitted one of those ring-tone like noises that they sometimes do when they are being shut off. Oh well, what can one do? Not only is their performance of the Krenek Suite wonderful but the entire album is fantastic.
Krenek, Ernst - Suite for Guitar
Ernst Krenek (1900-1991)
Suite for mandolin and guitarre, op. 242, 1989