Choro: "The Joyful Lament for Villa Lobos"
for two guitars

Composition Date: 2015
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Strings (plectral), Ensemble, Guitar / Lute, Duet

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Guitar
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Programme Note:
When Lawrence Cherney commissioned me to write a new work, he gave two conditions: 1) it would be for two guitars, and 2) it would have some audible relationship to a Latin genre, thereby fitting will into the Encuentros theme. To meet these requirements, I set off to write a work inspired by the Choro genre that channeled my deep affinity for the music of Villa Lobos. Interestingly, the literal translation of Choro is “cry” or “lament”, seemingly contrary to the upbeat and cheerful musical character of the genre. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation, subtle modulations, syncopation, and counterpoint. As homage to Villa Lobos, I sampled a favorite riff from his work Choros #1, transforming it into a new motif in a characteristic syncopated choro rhythm. While it is difficult to say if this work is a real choro, it certainly channels many choro characteristics: It is joyful in character, highly virtuosic, and in a common choro form of AABBACCA. It is my humble, joyful homage to the great music of Villa Lobos. This work was commissioned by Stanley and Rosalind Witkin, in honour of Mr. Martin Offman.

Premiere Information:
24 May 2015, Koerner Hall, Toronto, Ontario
Fabio Zanon, guitar; Grisha Goryachev, guitar.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 4212 S784cho
  • Genre:
  • Strings (plectral), Ensemble, Guitar / Lute, Duet
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 9, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (19 p.);
    19 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 20
    2 parts ([20] p.);
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Commissioned by: Soundstreams
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