Full Circle
for guitarist

Composition Date: 2005
Duration: 00:14:00
Genre: Strings (plectral), Solo, Guitar / Lute, Solo


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Guitar
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Programme Note:
Full circle marks the first piece that I have written for guitar. This is somewhat unusual, given that guitar is my primary instrument; however, I did not feel ready to approach the guitar until very recently, after significant experience as a composer. With this piece, I wanted to explore the fundamental nature of the instrument. After months of thought and experimentation, I found that I was continually drawn to the natural open tuning of the guitar, and its timbral possibilities when used as a percussive instrument. These ideas became the compositional framework of all three movements.
The first movement, full circle, is primarily percussive, using wooden percussive sounds in conjunction with energetic rasuagdo sections on the natural harmonics of the guitar, similar the sound produced by a right-hand tabla drum. The rhythms of this movement are based on various prime number groupings. The second movement still life with pomegranate is very free and lyrical. The title refers to a traditional Korean kayagum piece that I admire. The third movement, planet waves, explores the calm, undulating and constant nature of waves. As in the first movement, planet waves is highly rhythmic in inspiration.

Premiere Information:
2005, Calgary International Guitar Festival; Dale Ketcheson, guitar


  • Call Number:
  • MI 4111 S784ful
  • Genre:
  • Strings (plectral), Solo, Guitar / Lute, Solo
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 6, 2006
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (15 p.) ; 32 cm.
    15 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For solo guitar.

    Contains notation and performance instructions.

    Photocopy; master of score in CMC Toronto.
    I. Full circle -- II. Still life with pomegranate -- III. Planet waves
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