“Silesian Mist” (Composed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2018 copyright) Guitar and mandolin – reynold, Acoustic bass – Matt Senjem, Percussion- Michael Bissonnette
My family’s roots are in Eastern Europe. My paternal origins are in Opole (Poland) in Upper Silesia. I tried to honor this heritage with this piece of music. The main theme is in 11/4 and serves as a sort of recurring mantra. The melody and improv are set on very modal changes (E minor to A minor).
The song is fun to play live and it is recorded here with my usual trio.
“Etude in E Major”
(composed and performed by Reynold D. Philipsek 2012 copyright)
Vladimir Horowitz once said that it is not always the finger-twisting fireworks pieces that wow an audience that are difficult to perform and control but often it is the more concentrated things like a “Mozart Adagio.”
I have heard similar anecdotes from other virtuoso performers. A few years ago I began building my solo acoustic guitar repertoire with the eventual goal of filming a solo guitar recital for YouTube.
I still intend to fulfill this ambition some day but did do something similar for the added features on the A Life Well Played DVD extra feature.
In that case, the director (Rene Erickson), rented an old mansion in the Twin Cities area and we spent a day filming several solo guitar pieces.
At any rate, “Etude in E Major” is one of about 30 pieces I have diligently worked on the past few years. A piece like this is especially difficult, in my opinion, for a plectrum guitarist like myself.
Keeping the piece in flow and with continuity of line is an exercise in concentration and, remember, it must also have a lyrical and musical quality.