Rubens Askenar’s Taranta for solo guitar will receive its Russian première on Sunday 23 May in Saint-Petersburg, Russia by guitarist Alexy Potapov as part of ReMusic Festival.
Taranta is the third piece of a cycle of guitar music written in 2015. The title of the work
refers to the Taranta genre “a variant of the free Fandango, which proceeds
in turn from the chant of the mines in Spain”. This type of singing is very
virtuosic – focused on a meticulous control of the vibrato; very broad in terms
of register, dynamic and speed. As a free chant, the Taranta lacks a particular
metre. The resulting rhythm comes from the work and coordination between
guitarist and singer.
The way of conceptualising this idea is naturally complex. From the outset, I
did not want to write a piece for guitar and voice, but tried to absorb the
specific characteristics of the chant of the mines and collide them against the
series of guitar techniques and influences that accompanied me during the
composition of the entire cycle.
The best solution I found to produce the piece as a concert work, was toRubens Askenar
incorporate a tactile control surface placed on the top of the guitar, to allow
me, in real time, to make all kinds of interventions – mostly vibrato techniques
– and to confront them, technically and acoustically, with the guitar.
Here’s a video-score of the piece played by the composer himself: