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Absence (2012)
for solo guitar
Duration: 10’
SMMP No. 121

Premiere: Pablo Gómez, guitar, April 19, 2014, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall,
La Jolla, California

Absence is part of a series of works that ponders issues of loss by invoking texts from The Classics. In the case of Absence, the ruminative, intimate nature of the guitar, coupled with the fact that it is an instrument I play, serves to make the metaphorical explorations of the piece intensely personal.

Absence was commissioned by the remarkable Pablo Gómez Cano, whose artistry and technique have encouraged me to revisit my own instrument with renewed interest and enthusiasm.

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