Cordillera by JACOBTV
Still in a special mood after my mother’s recent passing away, I decided right there and then to commission a piece for guitar solo from Jacob TV. To my joy he agreed! As to the style, I told him I very much like ‘slow and sad’, upon which Jacob exclaimed: ‘So do I!’. But, since my parents had a good and long life, I am really glad that Cordillera isn’t really a sad piece. So, to my mom and dad: thanks for your warmth and love, raising me, encouraging me and making me laugh a lot! You were wonderful!
The world premiere of this piece was performed by me on September 24 2017 in the presence of a sister of my mother, aunt Will, and uncle Joop and nephew Peter.
By my request composer JacobTV composed a piece that would technically be accessible for a lot of players. It does not require a virtuoso player. I look forward working on this piece with my students!
I really hope the piece will be enjoyed by a lot of people: that is why it is free. Consider it a gift to you from my dear parents, who would be proud if you would play it!
Look for the download-link at the end of this page.
In our first telephone conversation, after sending me the partition, Jacob told me I had a very musical name: ‘Beijer’, which means ‘carillon player’ in Dutch. That is why in bar 74 there is a special campanella fingering, which he really liked when I played it for him. So, if you think the fingering is a bit strange, it was approved by the composer!
Jacob likes notes to ring. So when in doubt: let it ring! For example the bass notes A and E from bars 46 until 58 should not be damped.
Jacob particularly likes to use phrasing marks. Do not mistake them for hammer-on and pull-off slurs. When hammer-on or pull-off is intended it is notated with dashed slurs.
The first two notes in bar 1 should be played plaqué, i.e. non-arpeggiated, simultaneously as a block-chord. Later in the piece you are free to play these notes plaqué or arpeggiated.
In the score, the second staff represents the notation of the so called ‘golpe’, tapping on the body of the guitar, with the thumb on the bridge.
The last B in bar 47 is part of the melody. That is why it has an accent, as in bars 48 and 49. For easy reading it is marked with an accent. The same happens in bars 51 and 52: the long and accentuated notes belong to the melody.
Triplets: I have hidden most of the usual 3’s, also for easy reading.
The asterisk in bar 70 means that you keep the E and B ringing from bar 69 until this point. At the asterisk you damp these notes.
In the last bar harm. m.d. means to produce the harmonic with the right hand ‘Mano Destra’ (Italian) or Mano Derecha’ (Spanish).
All fingerings are by me.
Thanks to my dear friends for their advice and support in realising this dream: Victorine, Ton, Arnout, Bauke, Quirijn and Jacob of course!
Coen Beijer, November 2017