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Echoes of Autumn [score & viola part]

For viola and guitar (freely based on the first of the five movements of OtoÒ±ales by Antonio Ruiz-PipÒ³ as a tribute to his memory) Antonio Ruiz-PipÒ³ and I met only once. In 1987, we spent a few days together at a guitar festival in France. It was soon after I learned of his death early in 1998 that Olivier Chassain invited me to write a work for his duo with violist Pierre-Henri Xuereb. Almost at once I was struck by the idea of attempting a direct musical tribute to Antonio Ruiz-PipÒ³. And all this coincided with my first acquaintance with his OtoÒ±ales (1994), which consists of five brief movements, each dedicated to a different artist. The first, in particular, has a poignant autumnal feeling; a sequence of linked motifs and expressive harmonies threaded together around a slow, sad drone. This is the movement which is dedicated to Olivier Chassain, a significant champion of Antonio Ruiz-PipÒ³ in his extensive contribution to recent guitar literature. I resolved somehow to bring all these strands together, aiming at a metamorphosis of the original poetic miniature into a prospect of Spring. The shapes and intervals of the motifs are relived, with the sap rising, the drone still present but quickened, and a longer span to development and melody. Antonioâ¬"s slow pulsation is on C, my more animated â¬echoâ¬" of it is raised to D. In a brief, more conversational, episode, it does however drop to C, precisely for the purpose of echoing Antonioâ¬"s Autumn a little more nearly. The subsequent coda steps abruptly back to D, heralding Spring with a brightness and vigour to banish all melancholy. Stephen Dodgson, January 1999

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