Andrew Williams, Bitter–Sweet and Rainshine
These two pieces have some Latin American influence but (the composer hopes) don’t descend into pastiche. ‘Bitter–Sweet’ 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':