Stuart Walsh Performing ‘Quite Blue‘
LE JOUEUR DU LUTH, March 2013 ,Pascale Bocquet (Translation)
Here is a collection of pieces with poetic titles and evocative textures and delicate colors, purity, happiness, even if it passes gradually to peacefulness (Disturb the Slumber) , remenbrance (Recall), to end in the emptiness of a tomb (Tombeau). The language,using the lute technique, is contemporary but never does violence to the instrument. Often, indeed, he uses a structure used since the fourteenth estampies through sixteenth centuary dances and songs, namely: a sentence ending in an ‘open’ cadence ‘open’ and its recovery leading to a ‘closed’, more conclusive one or leading to another musical section.
Contents of this book
Lilac Time: Seventh transposed to different degrees of the mode.
Weaving: A weaving a simple two-voices based on intervals of thirds and sixths.
Cantada: One of the most contrasting pieces: small binary patterns featuring slow 3 tone chords with a final in 3/4
Quite blue: A meditative consonant beginning, some few more consonant chords (real F major, and D major!) followed faster scales.
Delicate: This piece alternates 5/4 and 4/4, followed by arpeggios and broken thirds
Pure: A regular rhythm, chords that are built gradually and a beautiful final in arpeggios.
Seeker of Happiness: Happiness? Here is a little rhythmic game between 4/4 and 3/4 and triplets, as well as indications of ritenuto other rubato
Do not disturb the slumber: So hush,, play softly, free, and keep attention to the left hand! (Not easy here)
Recall: Listen to this jazzy piece. It is on You Tube! (Like some other pieces of the composer). It’s title is also that from the CD Recall, for lute and double bass, reviewed in our last newsletter.
Tombeau: ‘sad and slow’: descending melodies, chords that fall desperately, but a vocal range that widens gradually to the top of the neck, and a very active ending