Libra Sonatine : Work information

Composers
Roland Dyens ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Ricardo Cobo (Guitar)

This work

Work name
Libra Sonatine
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Genre
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Composed
1982-00-00 02:00:00

This recording

Label
Essay
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The Composers

Roland Dyens

Track listing

  • India 5:55 min
  • Largo 4:02 min
  • Fuoco 4:02 min

Notes

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.