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Marylebone Elegy

a homage to Elgar in memory of Richard Hand

for solo guitar

Stephen Goss

commissioned by the International Guitar Foundation (IGF) for the first London International Guitar Competition, March 2012

CADENZA MUSIC

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music by Stephen Goss available from Cadenza Music Solo Guitar

Marylebone Elegy 2012 El Llanto de los Sueños 2007 The Chinese Garden 2007 Sonata for guitar 2006 Raise the Red Lantern 2004 Oxen of the Sun 2003 ten-string and six-string guitars Looking Glass Ties 2001

Multiple Guitars

Still the Sea 2009 two guitars Six Welsh Folksongs 2008 two guitars The Raw and the Cooked 2004 two guitars Gnossiennes after Erik Satie 2002 four guitars Lachrymae 2001 four guitars Carmen Fantasy 1998 four guitars

Orchestral Music

Guitar Concerto 2012 guitar and orchestra The Shard 2011 large orchestra The Albéniz Concerto 2009 guitar and orchestra

Solo Piano Portraits and Landscapes 2010 Rough Music 2009 Interludes 2008 an ideal insomnia 2002

Chamber Music River Winds 2011 violin and piano Caught Between 2011 cello and piano The Sea of the Edge 2010 solo flute Northern Lights 2010 flute, guitar and bass clarinet American Pastoral 2010 violin and guitar The Autumn Song 2009 cello (or flute) and guitar (or piano) Six Welsh Folksongs 2008 voice (or violin or flute) and guitar from Honey to Ashes 2007 flute and guitar Dark Knights and Holy Fools 2006 percussion and guitar Uneasy Dreams 2006 saxophone quartet Frozen Music 2005 guitar and string trio Park of Idols 2005 cello and guitar The Garden of Cosmic Speculation 2004 violin, cello, bass clarinet and piano First Milonga, Last Tango 2002 flute and guitar Three Welsh Folksongs 1991 voice and guitar Under Milk Wood Songs 1990 soprano and guitar

Cadenza Music, 48 Ridgeway Avenue, Newport, NP20 5AH, UK cadenza-music.com

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Programme note When I was asked to write a piece for the inaugural London International Guitar Competition in 2012, I immediately thought of writing about London itself. Not a modern cityscape, more something that might evoke the London of the past – nostalgic, but tinged with melancholy. Around the corner from King’s Place, where the final stages of the competition were scheduled to take place, is St Pancras Station and the recently renovated St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – a building Thomas Beecham once compared to Elgar’s First Symphony. I had just completed a new guitar concerto for Graham Roberts and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the middle movement of which was a homage to Elgar, so musical material from the concerto became the starting point for Marylebone Elegy. None of Elgar’s music is quoted, but I allude to his musical language. In March 2011 the guitarist Richard Hand died suddenly, he was a cornerstone of the London guitar scene and I had been looking for an suitable opportunity to write a piece in his memory. He lived in Marylebone all of his adult life. Marylebone Elegy was commissioned by the International Guitar Foundation (IGF) for the inaugural London International Guitar Competition. The first performances were given by the six semi-finalists and, subsequently, the three finalists at King’s Place, London, on 9th and 10th March 2012. Performance notes Marylebone Elegy is a study in legato playing and long-term phrasing. Left hand fingers should be kept held down for as long as possible to maintain a full-sounding resonance throughout. I have included a great deal of fingering. This is not intended to be obligatory, but it gives an idea of the sort of sostenuto texture that I imagined. Dynamics are put in as suggestions: performers are free to come up with their own. The tempo can be very flexible. I have put much of the piece on two staves so that musical lines are clearer. All natural harmonics are notated as diamond note-heads at sounding pitch and can be found at frets 7, 12 or 19. Accidentals last for the duration of the bar but only in the octave specified. The piece is around 6 minutes long.

© Stephen Goss, February 2012 www.stephengoss.net

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