Here’s an attempt to play music not usually, or at all, associated with the archtop guitar. The composer is Reginald Smith Brindle (1917-2003), who not only wrote some beautiful, if challenging music, but also wrote some of the finest books on 20th-century classical composition.
Here Brindle borrows a tone row of the serialist composer, Anton Webern (1883-1945), and merely states it with false harmonics – simple, but effective. I use it here as a prelude to the next piece, “To John Cage”, using atonality to create an homage to Cage (1912-92) – lots of silence, contrasts in dynamics and tone.
While recording the first piece, I noticed the window light reflections on the body of the guitar, and developed this in my performance of the second piece. I even improvise some mime, to somewhat humorously comment on how active silence can sometimes be.
I really enjoyed making this video, and I hope you get something from it. I believe the acoustic archtop is very suitable for this music. Comments welcome.
2 thoughts on “John Cage? Anton Webern? Acoustic Archtop Guitar?”
Rob – great that you’re highlighting such things. As guitarists this is an under researched area of discussion.
Cheers, Dave. You are correct. It’s not to everyone’s taste, of course, but no less valid because of that. I like it all!