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Williams, Bitter–Sweet and Rainshine

Williams, Bitter–Sweet and Rainshine

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Andrew Williams, Bitter–Sweet and Rainshine

These two pieces have some Latin American influence but (the composer hopes) don’t descend into pastiche.  ‘BitterSweet’ has a first subject – the ‘bitter’- in a tango rhythm with jagged discordant harmonies.  The ‘sweet’ resolution is a complete contrast: the tango rhythm remains quietly in the background, but the melody is warm and lush, with extended rich harmonies in the bass strings setting up lingering resonances.

‘Rainshine’, in dropped D tuning, also has a Latin feel to its opening, with a tense minor melody played in the bass strings and a rhythmic accompaniment in the trebles.  Its second subject is an upbeat celebratory rhythmic melody, and the piece then returns to the first subject to end.

  • Product: Digital (PDF) or Print-on-demand
  • Pages: 12 pages
  • Duration: 3:20 (Bitter–Sweet); 4:20 (Rainshine)
  • Level: Advanced, with essential fingerings
  • Order Number:  BE-191022
  • ISMN 979-0-706813-07-3

Listen to Andrew Williams playing 'Bitter–Sweet':

Listen to Andrew Williams playing 'Rainshne':