Serenata Notturna for guitar orchestra – premiere in Finland

Many thanks to the Avonia Music Institute in Finland for commissioning a work for their guitar orchestra which was premiered at the Turku Conservatory last Saturday. It was a fascinating commission to fulfil because they wanted each of the three movements to explore specific intervals. So I fashioned the melodies of each section from precise interval combinations (e.g. 2nds and 7ths) so that the work had both a musical and pedagogical function with each player hearing the intervals whilst learning their parts. And Iā€™m grateful for the fantastic cooperation of the guitar tutors there, especially Rody van Gemert (happy birthday Rody!) and Antti Ignatius. Video to follow…

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