Recital Program Notes

ABSTRACT Master's Guitar Recital By Miguel Ivan Velazquez Master of Music in Music, Performance In this paper, I will discuss each of the works performed in my master's recital in terms of their historical context using musical analysis of its form, texture and style. The musical works under consideration are the following: Variations on a theme by Mozart by Fernando Sor (1778- 1839), Mallorca Op. 202 by Isaac Albeniz (1860- 1909), Cello Suite No. 4 BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750), Equinox by Toru Takemitsu (1930- 1996), Verano Porteno and Inverino Porteno by Astor Piazzolla (1921- 1992) and Pasaje Abierto by Edin Solis (1963- Present). I chose this program for my recital as it gives a great example of how the guitar is an instrument that can be used to interpret a variety of musical styles across the different genres of music. I will discuss in depth how the guitar was used to interpret the work of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu in his composition Equinox and how he uses the color range of the guitar to convey his musical expressions. Equinox is a piece where Takemitsu places emphasis on the distortion of time through the use of rhythmic changes. The piece also creates a challenge for the performer in executing expression. These challenges occur through the use of harmonics, flamenco techniques. In addition, he uses a specific chord to introduce new musical ideas throughout the piece.