Etudes - M. A. Cruz (2009)
This set of six pieces may be best described as a collection of baroque
inspired works whichexplore lessons in the various species of counterpoint. While
each etude was designed with aspecific species in mind, this variety of species
is dispersed freely throughout the collection.
These pieces are not limited
to one style but also use impressionistic, romantic and classicalinfluence while
excersizing counterpoint. The goal for such diversity in this collection is to
createmoments of contrast to avoid a sense of tedium. Number one, for example,
practices third specieswithin measures 9 through 12 but exhibits a clear departure
from any hint of counterpoint insurrounding material. Number two is a modern tonal
work which uses a variety of species but in theend, leaves the listener with the
impression that he has just heard a prelude. For the greatest momentof contrast,
number four avoids use of species altogether, but rather, uses a compositional
devicefrequently used in the baroque period consisting of a subject made up entirely
of sixteenth noteswith an implied pedal point against a melodic subject that falls.
This device is probably bestrecognized in J. S. Bachs Toccata and Fugue
in D Minor.
Number six incorporates two measures of a himeola in measures
24 and 25 while the remainderof the study uses three against one as the foundation
for this final etude marked vivace.
Other didactic material within this
collection are scales, right-hand arpeggios, horizontaldovetailing of voices (fourth
species), repeated chords, syncopation and slurs.
Soft Cover 9" X 12"
Level of Difficulty: Advanced
General Description: Etudes for Solo Guitar
Catalog Number: 74478