RedMoons, op.18: for solo guitar



RedMoons was composed in 2009.

Duration: 4 minutes and 30 seconds.

Composition dedicated to: Paul Bowman








Program Notes


RedMoons was inspired by J.S. Bach's virtuosity in his work "Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge" for clavicord. It is also a part of a trilogy under the generic title "Moon": BlueMoons (for solo guitar) and BlackMoons (for two pianos) are the other two.

A red moon has traditionally symbolized war, turbulence of emotion, and the take over by forces of irrationality. The titles I give to my compositions are almost always 'dictated' by my subconscious: I never question the 'why,' as they (often even after several years!) almost always reveal their special (personal) meaning. Yet, the most fascinating aspect of this specific title here is my (also subconscious) link to Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue." To me, Bach symbolizes a two-fold world: that of Reason (he was mathematically inclined) and Irrationality (his unconditional devotion to a "god" who is responsible for all, even the killing of innocent children). Bach's intellectually composed and yet passionate nature has always fascinated me.

Interpretation tips: the structure of this composition provides all of the 'mathematical' (Reason) approach. After having completely mastered the technical difficulties, the performer is advised to 'let go' of his/her rational thinking process in order to explore the Dionysian element (Irrationality). The challenge here is to lead the audience into the 'frenzied' world of the subconscious mind, while still maintaining the balance of Reason: the perfect expression of this has always been practiced in the successful performance of a Greek tragedy.




World Premiere

Performer: Paul Bowman


WINTHROP UNIVERSITY

02.04.14

Winthrop University Events




Further Concerts


Miami, Florida:

Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts

02.11.14

Harold Golen Gallery

2294 NW 2nd Ave, Wynwood Art District

Miami, Florida 33127

Phone: 434-284-2985

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Paul Bowman at FETA Foundation



UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

Frost Music School

02.12.14

Clarke Recital Hall

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Paul Bowman, Recital at The University of Miami



NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Hunt Library Auditorium

03.02.14

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Paul Bowman at North Carolina State University.



SOLO RECITAL PROGRAM


Mirrors, Stones and Cotton for Electronics and Guitar (1994) Charles Norman Mason

Percussion Study #1 (Dancas Percussivas-1995) Arthur Kampela

Counterpane* (2009) Jeff Nichols

Needlepoint* (2004) Dorothy Hindman

Chacone in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. by Andres Segovia) J.S.Bach

Quatsch* (2009) Nicholas Deyoe

(PAUSE)


RedMoons, op.18* (2009) Katerina Stamatelos

Morton Feldman Sings Love Songs (2012) Marco Smaili

Sonata n.3 (1998) Mark Delpriora

Moderato

Sonetto

Divertimento

Serenata in Campo Aperto

Burlesca

Passacaglia

*denotes works written for Paul Bowman




Some More Performances


THE TUSCALOOSA NEW MUSIC COLLECTIVE

04.16.14

6th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

8:00 pm CDT

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Works by: Arthur Kampela, Derek Holden, Gregory Robin, Jeff Nichols, J.S.Bach, Katerina Stamatelos, Marco Smaili and Mark Delpiora.


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Paul Bowman at The Tuscaloosa New Music Collective.




CHARLOTTE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL

06.19.14

1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC, 28204

2:30pm - 4:00pm in EDT

Charlotte, North Carolina


Works by: by Arthur Kampela, Jeff Nichols, Gregory Robin, Derek Holden, Nicholas Deyoe, Katerina Stamatelos, Marco Smaili.


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Paul Bowman at the Charlotte New Music Festival.




UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL MISSOURI

05.01.2015

Hart Recital Hall

Works by:

Arthur Kampela, Katerina Stamatelos, Nicholas Deyoe, Greg Robin, Jeff Nichols, Derek Holden and Luciano Berio.