Lachenmann Salut fur Caudwell

Guitar Duets

  • Lachenmann

    Salut fur Caudwell

    20th century (1977). Unique timbres, percussive sounds/rhythms, and moods are created in this work by Helmut Lachenmann which requires the players not only to utilize contemporary techniques and tunings, but also to sing. Unusual effects incorporated such as: wah-wah effects with echoing natural harmonics, stopped pitches, dampening strings with the arm or flat of the hand, plucking at the bridge, harmonics, and more. -pc

    The typical aura which attaches to the guitar as folk and art instrument encompasses the primitive as well as the highly sensitive, intimate and collective - it also includes motives which may be exactly described in historic, geographic and sociologicalterms. I started from the characteristic playing style of the guitar, simplifying it in technical fingering, but also re-forming and developing it, often beyond the limits imposed by practice centring on that aura. I constantly had the feeling that this music was "accompanying" something - if not a text, then individual words or thoughts. This is reflected by the incorporation of spoken words or thoughts, derived from "Illusion and Reality" by the English Marxist poet and author Christopher Caudwell whodied in Spain nearly 40 years ago at the age of 30 among those attempting to halt the Franco regime. Caudwell demanded an art which realistically confronts reality and its multi-layered contradictions. To him and to all outsiders who, because they disturb thoughtlessness, are instantly lumped together with iconoclasts, this piece is dedicated. - the composer

    • Category: Guitar Duets
    • Item: 006292
    • Grade/Level: Grade 7 - Virtuosic
    • Price: $25.95

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