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Silhouette (1999)
solo guitar, flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello

Notes on the Composition:

Sometimes and idea needs to be revisited. After writing a work for solo guitar in 1995, I decided to include that piece within a larger work for chamber ensemble and guitar. Silhouette quietly unfolds from a dark place, gradually letting the sound of the guitar come into focus. The vibraphone energizes the work with long strands of notes colored by the ensemble. The guitar continues a lyrical passage above the intensity of the ensemble before returning to a darker perspective to close the work.

Silhouette was commissioned by the Society of Composers, Incorporated for the 1999 SCI National Convention in New York City. The commission came as a result of the 1998 SCI Composition Content where Howard Yermish's work Five Images was the Regional and National winner.

Listen to Silhouette (14:56, 20.5 MB)

This recording of Silhouette is by Martha Masters, guitar soloist, and the USC Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Frank Ticheli. Tracks are in MP3 format compressed at 192 kb/sec.

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