Thanks for your review and opinion Monarcheon. I appreciate your honesty and your humility in considering your criticism only your opinion. I admit that the final part's "clashing tones" take some getting used to. However, you must keep in mind that this is a "conversation". In the beginning, which you characterized as feeling empty, it is the instruments taking turns in making their contributions to the conversation. In the end they are all contributing at once but not always in harmony, resulting in the tone clashes that you noted.
P.S. I must congratulate Chopin on the new system of "Works With Few Reviews". I just found out that two of my works that had had no reviews at the time of posting several months ago had just gotten reviews. Before this new system, those works would probably never have gotten any reviews.
Thanks Luis for your review. It is good to finally have a review of this Concertino, one of my rare pieces for any kind of orchestra. I agree that I might be more successful with soliloquies. However, I liked this piece as one of my best and most ambitious pieces with orchestra. Concerning the guitar being used as a monophonic instrument, that might be true of most of the piece; however as you will see in the score, there are some parts where the polyphonic capabilities of the guitar are used. I agree that this is a concertino where the melody predominates and the strings' role is mainly supportive. I appreciate your feedback. I hope that this piece will one day be performed.
You must feel very good about this and getting some vital time with an orchestra. Even though the recording was adhoc, the players were in tune! And that's always the best you can hope for especially when there is little time for rehearsal. I read much more Spanish than I can say or write, but I read your biography very carefully and was impressed by the many various disciplines that you manage. I hope that you keep writing music and sharing it with us. a tu salud.
LOL, indeed we were sitting right behind the brass section, facing the conductor. The recording was made with a cell phone (the "official" recording of the rehearsal session is not available yet - but I'll share it when it is, if possible).
Nevertheless, this obviously means a lot to me - it's only the second time I manage to hear an orchestral piece actually executed, and I don't think I've ever been this close to have one chosen for a premiere (especially considering that, as an amateur outsider, I have a tougher time being taken seriously by the professional musicians down here).
Thanks for your comments!
The mixing could have used a bit of work... I felt like I was actually sitting right in front of the brass section
But this piece is cool. The "slower" section had really unique chord changes and was interestingly grandiose, but not in your face; I quite enjoyed it.