Lawson, Jeremiah - Sonata for Banjo and Guitar, II. "Hail the Blest Morn ... "

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Lawson, Jeremiah - Sonata for Banjo and Guitar, II. "Hail the Blest Morn ... "

Post by Jeremiah Lawson » Mon Dec 26, 2016 6:10 pm

This is the second movement in the sonata, and is a set of variations on an old shape note hymn from Southern Harmony, Star in the East. It's a hymn that is suitable for Advent and I composed the sonata so that it can be performed as a complete concert work or as a prelude, offering/communion and postlude in an Advent or Christmas service. There are a few Charles Ives' inspired moments of dissonance near the end of this movement in which the hymn is taken up in canon against itself by both instruments while polychordal textures dominate. The final variation is a restatement of the opening banjo solo (which is moderately intricate) while the guitar takes up the chorus in a canonic response to the banjo by playing the chorus tune in harmonics. The overall effect is both earthy and ethereal.

https://youtu.be/PUgooevTruw

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