RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra 2011-2012 Season
Ronan on Hands
'After Jimi Hendrix, the electric guitar became an instrument with incredible sonic range and power. In Hands, I've harnessed the power and colouristic possibilities of this amazing instrument and allied it to the power and colouristic possibilities of the modern symphony orchestra. The electric guitar is the most popular instrument in the world today, yet it is not represented in the "classical" world. Now I want to show it off in an orchestral context, and the rhythmic and improvisational skills of the great guitarist. Rick Peckham.'
Hands, is in three movements, is very rhythmic and uses improvisation in the first movement which finishes with an improvised cadenza - a kind of throwback to the early 19th century practice of concerto soloists, though this time through the very contemporary medium of the electric guitar' Ronan Guilfoyle
COMPOSERS IN CONVERSATION
12.30pm in association with the Contemporary Music Centre
Tickets: Admission free | Ticketed event
Booking: 01 417 0000 or online