Tango del Vértigo
10/10/2015 - Rixensart (Belgium), Kaléidoscope de la Guitare, Ferme de Froidmont - Roberto Aussel (guitar), St. George Quintet
Tango del Vértigo was commissioned by Jeunesses Musicales du Brabant Wallon for the 25th anniversary of the Kaléidoscope de la Guitare (guitar festival in Rixensart, Belgium).
This work was premiered on October 10th, 2015 by Roberto Aussel and the St. George Quintet at the Ferme de Froidmont (Rixensart, Belgium).
A fresh and uplifting chamber work
Subtitled a "fantasy", this edition is hard to read. The string parts have 12 staffs per page and the lack of contrast is troublesome. Each string part except Violin One has extended rests, yet each has a dif?cult page turn that would be easily avoided were the music printed on four faces with turns at the rests, instead of crushed onto three faces.
The typesetting is inconsistent - for example, measures 167 to 179 are the same phrase three times, but three measures are typeset differently - the septuplets don't have braces but the triplets do, except in measure 3. There are many more typographical issues. Some of the guitar part is ?ngered, but the ?nger numbers are tiny.
But wait till you hear the music! It builds slowly, with the guitar part the last to enter. With the exception of a small passage in the key of E, the piece is in F minor. The writing is con?dent and the composer uses the instruments to good effect, with the violins and guitar enjoying rhythmic interplay. The score looks forbidding, but the sound is uplifting, fresh, and clean, though the audience will not realize the efforts behind the scenes. At the time of the review, there is not a version on YouTube, but I eagerly await one.
This is a dif?cult composition at professional level, but it's a lovely piece of writing, and playing sections as I wrote this review invariably delighted me.
Classical Guitar Magazine (Spring 2019)