“Guitar Poem No.2 – Seascape” for guitar
The title ‘Guitar Poem’ comes from the term ‘Symphonic Poem’ and indicates a solo guitar piece composed to illustrate the content of an extra-music source. It is a music experiment with the purpose of composing contemporary classical music inspired by works of art of different movements. The second work of this series of guitar poems attempts to portray the painting entitled ‘Seascape’ by French Impressionist painter Claude Monet. This piece is not meant to accompany the painting, but the painting is a source of inspiration and is used as a direction and instead of a title for the musician who will interpret it.
The first part is calm and refers to the ripples of the image. It is quite short and, through its descriptive character, it introduces the listener to the seascape. Later in the piece, the same part is played again, this time with a different kind of much more intense and “angry” waves. The second part is faster and comes to imitate the tension and the vividness of the contrasts of the painting. The intense but harmonious differences of colors and textures create a “sharp” theme that is repeated in question-response form through abrupt harmonic changes. In the third part, the theme of the previous part and the element of repetition is retained but it develops in a completely different harmonic way. The theme now sounds slow and lyric. Finally, the second part is repeated and the piece closes with a chord sequence in a continuous accelerando. This closure gives the general impression of the table and symbolizes the apparent simplicity of impressionism.