Reflections on Art and Life
You might remember me mentioning that I am writing a piece for a lutenist Will Tocaben. This is the first time I have written anything for a string (strummed) instrument and it is truly humbling. I have prepared a grid to reflect the notes on the fret board and the open strings so I can reference back and forth while I’m writing.
My progress has been slow as the Baroque lute presents a series of constraints. My typical dialog with myself has been following along these lines recently:
“Can I do this? No I can’t, that note is too far down on the neck. Can I do that? No, Will doesn’t have seven fingers. Can I modulate to this key? No, it will be out of tune. Can I write this chord? No, these strings are already ringing.”
But I was able to shape several interesting melodic and harmonic gestures and I am excited about the piece slowly coming to life.