Anatomy of a Spanish Garden
for mandolin and guitar

Composition Date: 2014
Duration: 00:09:45
Genre: Strings (plectral), Ensemble, Mixed Ensembles, Duet


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mandolin
  • 1 x Guitar
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Programme Note:
Anatomy of a Spanish Garden was inspired by an exploration of landscape architecture and design, with particular reference to several gardens in Spain. It occurred to me that there are many common elements between designing a garden, and creating a piece of music: structure and shape, careful selection of materials suited to the “climate”, a variety of surfaces (textures), interesting paths and vistas/resting points, colour and contrast.The first movement, “Stones and Roses”, was inspired by San Segundo in Ávila, with its harsh climate, stone wall, and beautiful octagonal pool. The crisp, symmetrical shape of an octatonic scale first came to mind, which then led into the exploration of the Arabic ‘maqam’—still with the architectural clarity of axial pitches, but also the colour and warmth of tones falling outside the 12-tone equal tempered scale. The second movement, “Beautiful Ruins” references El Monasterio, a monastery in Castile, constructed in 1480. This movement grows organically out of a sparse reference (four notes) from Thomas Tallis’ Third Mode Melody. The third movement, “Light on Water”, had several garden-references, including Palacio de Oca, in Pontevedra, but at its heart is the idea of a lively, shimmering, transparent surface, and a deeper layer of colour. The fourth movement, “Paths to the Sea” is an imagining of Santa Clotilde at Costa Brava-- lively, verdant, overlooking the sea.

Premiere Information:
28 March 2015, Sonic Boom Festival, Pyatt Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Mark Ferris, mandolin; Adrian Verdejo, guitar.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 4242 K741an
  • Genre:
  • Strings (plectral), Ensemble, Mixed Ensembles, Duet
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • December 8, 2014
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (16 p.) ;
    16 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • This piece has four movements:

    I. Stones and Roses
    II. Beautiful Ruins
    III. Light on Water
    IV. Paths to the Sea
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