This is my first attempt at solo guitar music since early in my undergraduate years.. They are salon pieces in the sense of being for private entertainment rather than being big statements, and because of their formal simplicity. They are also music about guitar music.
- Souvenir de Cros-Lex High. The blues meet Tristan in a tale of adolescent angst and alienation.
- Intavolatura di Ave Maria. Intabulations were an important part of the plucked instrument repertoire, but there’s no point in doing a Renaissance piece and no copyright clearance to do a modern one. So this is a straightforward setting of my 2007 Ave Maria for mixed chorus
- 3.Lonely Campfire Waltz. The most 19th-century of the pieces, a nostalgic and bitter good night.
My thanks go to Robert Sharpe (who gave the premiere) and to Stephen Toombs, for editorial advice, and to Andrew Pongracz, who lent me the guitar I used in working out the piece.
Jeffrey Quick was born in Cass City MI in 1956, and began composing at age 11. He received a BM in music history in 1978 from the University of Michigan, where he studied composition with William Bolcom and Leslie Bassett, and the MM in composition from Cleveland State University in 1991, where he studied with Bain Murray, Rudolph Bubalo and Edwin London. His works are print-published by Hoyt Editions, the American Recorder Society, Lorenz, and CanticaNOVA, while chamber works can be downloaded from newmusicshelf.com and choral works are available at cpdl.org. He is assistant music librarian at Case Western Reserve University, and is a member and past President of the Cleveland Composers Guild. He has been a paid church chorister for about 25 years, and currently directs the Gregorian Schola at St. Sebastian Parish, Akron OH. A resident of Northeast Ohio since 1986, he lives in a small town on 6 acres with his wife Rusty and assorted livestock. Further information on his works can be found at www.jeffreyquick.com
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