December

“December”
(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek)

I did not grow up in a house where classical music was listened to. I came to that music on my own. My first exposure was to more modern composers like Ravel, Bartok, and Stravinsky.

I then sort of worked myself backward in time. Along the way I discovered Chopin.

Chopin resonated with me because he primarily wrote for his instrument in solo settings (piano) and he was Polish (as am I).

One of Chopin’s etudes is also called “Winter Wind” and I took that concept and applied it to this short piece for solo guitar. 

Everyone acquaints December with the start of winter which, in Minnesota, can be long and brutal. 

By contrast this music is neither long or brutal.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Az0H9Mkd4cD

Through Rose Colored Glasses

“Through Rose Colored Glasses”
(Composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2015 copyright)

For the past several years I have been attempting to expand my solo guitar repertoire. One of the things I wrote for this endeavor was this song “Through Rose Colored Glasses.”

The main line of the piece is slightly reminiscent of Chopin’s riff from his “Barcarolle.”

I also wanted to try and survey all 12 major keys within the piece and still maintain a flowing melody and continuity of line.

In other words, though I had a technical goal in mind I did not want the music to suffer from this goal.

The listener should never be mindful of such efforts and these attempts should never detract from the lyrical aspect of the piece.

Link to video of song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMds-1Ty8d4

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