Triqueta
Double concerto for horn, guitar, and orchestra
James Scott Balentine
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Written for Matthew Dunne, guitar, and Michael Gast, horn, premiered at the Southwest Guitar Festival, 2009.
Recorded by University of Texas at San Antonio Orchestra, Eugene Dowdy, conductor, with Matthew Dunne, guitar, and Peter Rubins, horn, UTSA Recital Hall, March 8, 2017.
I. Circulo Vazio
II. Espirales Infinitas
III. Esferas da Vida
Instrumentation
  • Solo Horn
  • Solo Guitar
  • 3 Percussion
  • Piano
  • Strings
Duration: 15 minutes
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Composer's Notes:
Triqueta was inspired and supported in part by an award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio in 2006, which funded the composition of the original Esferas da Vida for guitar, horn, jazz rhythm section, violin, viola and cello. At the suggestion of guitarist Matthew Dunne, the piece was enlarged by adding two additional movements, including considerable revision of Esferas da Vida, which became the last movement of Triqueta. The piece is heavily influenced by Brazilian rhythms and character and jazz harmonies. The piece is not programmatic, but the movement titles all refer to shapes in both two and three-dimensional space which suggest motion and generally contributed to the formal structure of each part and to the whole. Triqueta was written for guitarist Matthew Dunne and hornist Michael Gast for the premiere concert of the Southwest Guitar Festival, San Antonio, Texas.
- James Scott Balentine