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Sonatina for two guitars


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I alredy posted the first movement last year... here is the complete piece.
Unfortunately the audio is not good enough to demonstrate the piece. I am looking for  guitar duo to a live performance.

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The audio was fine, I could hear all the lines clearly. This piece has a lot going for it in terms of the interplay between the two guitars and the propulsive rhythms throughout.. I thought it worked best when the melodies were recognized as such, as in, in a key, in a scale. And not so much when there seemed no rhyme or reason for them, made worse by the accompaniments that seemed arbitrary in their dissonances. At some points - you didn't post the score so I can't say just where - it felt out of control, as if you were trying to see how "off" you could make it. I love dissonances, but they have to make sense. And it was hit or miss, the music flew by so fast. Also hit and miss were the quick juxtapositions of fast slow fast, etc. Sometimes they were effective, other times schizophrenic. Given all this, it falls more in line with a suite than a Sonatina. And you could improve it with some judicious editing, even the omission of entire sections. It's a little too long in general.  You flirted with some Latin melodies. But you stopped yourself. Why? Those were great. I think it's better to be on the side of restraint than with some of the excesses here. Finally, remember it's only one piece. You don't have to throw in the kitchen sink. Your audience will appreciate that.

Best of luck with your music!

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Sectional pieces have a proud tradition, starting with early violin sonatas and leading to modern mosaic compositions. However, they work better if the listener can discern some overarching principles, which may be as simple as a repetition of previous material as an acoustic anchor (think of rondo, ritornello, or even sonata form and fugue as examples), or a recurring motif, or something else.

The pulse of the piece was very good, and some sections feature very energetic writing. But I have to wholly support what @Ken320 has written, especially that the composition could be more concise, and the musical development should be more purpose-driven. In an essentially tonal piece, dissonances are the salt that flavours the music, but one shouldn't overdo it which sometimes happened without generating much effect -- it just felt a bit disoriented.

Thanks for sharing your work. There is definitely a lack of guitar music in this forum, which is a pity.

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