Libra Sonatine : Work information
- Work name
- Libra Sonatine
- Work number
- 1982-00-00 02:00:00
- Recording date
Roland Dyens' work often combines classical, jazz, rock and funk elements and Libra Sonatine, probably his most famous work, is no exception. A three-movement work that fully explores the resources of the classical guitar, it uses all manner of string tapping, slapping and bending techniques to create a contemporary fusion of influences. Always rhythmically fascinating, especially in the multi-layered Fuoco, Libra Sonatine has an improvisatory quality that is compelling.
Dyens wrote the work after undergoing open-heart surgery and it has even been suggested that Libra Sonatine is a musical depiction of these events: the assymetric rhythms of India evoke the uncertain beating of Dyens' heart; Largo depicts the operation itself; and Fuoco, the recovery and celebration of life.