Following in the footsteps of the current generation of masters, José Luis Turina (1952) imposes step by step, with great solidity, the values of invariably beautiful and well-made music. The title of this piece, deliberately allusive to the Dialogues of the Wind and the Waves of Debussy's The Sea, succeeds in practically summarizing the content and structure of the page. Monologues of the Wind and the Rock is, in effect, a juxtaposition of two conflicting sound and expressive worlds: a succession of monologues, an impossible dialogue. There is even "physical" distance in the original score, since the author writes his Monologues in a double stave, arranged in a zig-zag: above, the rock, slow movement; down, wind, fast motion. In both cases, a difficult test for the guitarist. The solidity, the stillness of the rock is represented by minimally changing chord blocks; the fluidity and immateriality of the wind pours into a flow of arpeggios that trace a great arc of tension that, at its climax, reaches virtuosic frenzy.
To carry out his ambitious work, Turina starts from meticulously elaborated sequences of chords and arpeggios, but declares that he has given a large role to chance when choosing some of its many variants. Monologues of the Wind and the Rock were written in the first months of 1993, and it is dedicated to Gabriel Estarellas, who premiered it in Palma de Mallorca in January 1994.
Jose Luis Garcia del Busto
Notes to the booklet of the CD "Spanish and Italian contemporary music for guitar" (Gabriel Estarellas, guitar. CD Stradivarius STR 33401).
Cover of the CD Spanish and Italian contemporary music for guitar (1994)