gwan
for electric guitar and second electric guitar or tape

Composition Date: 2008
Duration: 00:11:30
Genre: Strings (plectral), Ensemble, Guitar / Lute, Duet

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Guitar
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Programme Note:
1. guan; Mandarin, “observe.”

2. gwan: a Pattwa' word. It is mainly a Jamaican term. It can mean two things: to “go away” or “what is going on:”

Go away - "Tell da boys dem fi gwan."
what is going on? - "Whatta gwan?"

“London Calling, Speak the Slang now
Boys say Wha-Gwan, Girls say Wha-What”
M.I.A., Galang


gwan, for two electric guitars or solo electric guitar and tape, plays upon the double meaning of the title and its seemingly disjunctive associations. Although this composition continues in the style of my recent “contemplative” compositions, gwan combines this aesthetic with the world of popular rock music, a world commonly associated with electric guitar. This piece uses material from the 1969 song Funk #49 by the James Gang, developing this material slowly in order to highlight the intricacies found in each stage of the developing texture.



Commissioned by: Pablo Gomez, guitar

Premiere Information:
28/01/2010, D.F. Cook Recital Hall, St. John's Nfld. Steven Cowan and Andrew Wicks, electric guitars

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 4212 G585gw
  • Genre:
  • Strings (plectral), Ensemble, Guitar / Lute, Duet
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 29, 2012
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    14 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • two electric guitars or one electric guitar and recorded second guitar
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