I feel that there are various reasons why I have arrived at this position:
1. I'm too weary to do battle with the fretboard. I want it to be my friend not my enemy.
2. I like to provide my pupils with something new that they can enjoy playing without too much difficulty.
3. Minimalism and simplicity increasingly appeal to me. (Less is more. Small is beautiful).
4. Many guitarists like to show the world how clever they are and how they can rush around the fretboard faster than you and I. And mostly, they bore me! Especially when they play anything avant garde.
5. The classical guitar is the perfect antidote to the loudness and brashness of the culture of 21st century society across the globe. It speaks to us most effectively when it does so with the innocence of a child.
I hope you will enjoy the structure and harmony of this piece, and notice that despite its simplicity it is not without its subtleties. I began writing it at 5.30 am today and it has taken me till now to perfect it. (I think!).
Incidentally, did you know there are at least 4 possible puns upon the English word 'innocence' - viz:-
'Inner sense', 'In essence', 'In a sense', and 'innocents'.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I've been arranging and composing music for classical guitar for the best part of 4 decades. I'm now 73 and the older I get, the more inclined I am to write simple, accessible pieces. Fernando Sor, I note, was much the same, writing virtuoso pieces as a young man and much easier ones towards the end of his life (though I hasten to add that there the comparison ends!).
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