Mazurka for guitar. 3′. 1984, rev. 2018. MIDI recording:
A transcription of the Mazurka for piano from 1983. I mention Mazurka in a peripatetic ramble here about my guitar composing. I believe I wrote it for Bill Ghezzi as my first try at writing for guitar. My recollection is that we worked on it a little, that there were some unplayable bits in it, but that I never got back to it. I did write Four Hymns for Four Guitars for Bill’s Philadelphia Guitar Quartet subsequently, and a solo Totentanz for him, but this Mazurka has never been premiered.
I showed the hand-written Mazurka to another guitarist recently. I won’t name him, only so as not to insinuate that he ought to premiere it, but he was awfully kind in pointing out those unplayable bits and suggesting alternatives. This time, I took the advice and made changes, dusted up some other bits, so here it is.