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Approximate Duration Five Bagatelles is his only work for solo guitar, and one of two works that include guitar, the second being a song cycle for tenor and guitar titled Anon. Solo Performance via Sanel Redzic on Youtube more video below. Out of Interest , here is the piece for voice and guitar, Anon. Dedicated to Malcolm Arnold, these miniatures have won firm favour among guitarists.
They were first performed by Julian Bream in When Bream had first asked him to write a piece for solo guitar, Walton had expressed some uncertainty in taking on such a task. I managed to write some rather pretty pieces for him except that the first six notes of the first piece all need to be played on the open strings. Walton need not have worried: with its fanfare-like opening, the first Bagatelle seizes the attention at once. The first section is full of charm and wit fused with jazzy harmonies.
This leads to a more melancholic midsection, where a beautiful reflective melody is set against lush accompanying chords. A return to the opening material is heard before a conclusion in triumphant style. The second Bagatelle is slightly reminiscent of Satie, with its hypnotic accompaniment set underneath a cool, breezy melody.
The third of the set, entitled Alla Cubana, uses the syncopated rhythms often found in Latin-American music. The serene fourth Bagatelle leads to a virtuoso tour-de-force fifth, an exciting climax to the set. Bream Discussing the Piece — Not much new info but just nice to see him. The recorded versions of him are far better than these live ones see below. For all five click the link, the video below is only the first one. Some great colour choices and very musical.
I still love this recording, however, I do feel the increased tempos of modern players suits the fifth movement a bit better. Bream — Bagatelle No. Support the site. You're reading one of the most popular independent classical guitar publications online.
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Love the site and your contribution to the Canadian classical guitar scene. Just reading your post about the Walton Bagatelles and was wondering if you have seen David Dyakov play these yet? I met him in Germany a few years back. Exciting young player, studied with Hubert Kappel.
Bream Recording Some great colour choices and very musical. Repertoire Spotlights William Walton. Matt Martin on January 14, am. Hi Bradford, Love the site and your contribution to the Canadian classical guitar scene. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
William Walton forgot that his only guitar work was written for guitar
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Five Bagatelles for Guitar by Sir William Walton
Walton 's song cycle with guitar Anon in Love , commissioned by the tenor Peter Pears and the English guitarist Julian Bream , had demonstrated the composer's confident and imaginative approach to the instrument, and in Bream commissioned from Walton a set of solo works. While Bream 's interpretations were an artistic success, the Five Bagatelles have never been prominent in the twentieth century guitar repertory. The third, however, is a study in a slow Cuban rhythm. After their first performance at the Bath Festival in , a critic cautiously observed that the bagatelles "showed Walton 's professionalism in writing for solo guitar while yet retaining his own personality. After playing the bagatelles during a visit to Walton , Bream was surprised to learn that the composer had forgotten he had originally written them for guitar! As the title implies, the bagatelles are modestly scaled and playful in style, with wayward harmonies, quirky rhythms, and an elusive tunefulness. The fourth contains battente effects -- a rapid thrumming of the player's hand across all six strings -- and the final Waltz avoids sentimentality at the last moment by ending with a sharp knock on the body of the instrument.