Composer’s commission

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CHESTERFIELD guitarist/composer Steve Marsh has received a commission from the Young Guitarist’s Fund of North Devon to ‘orchestrate’ his composition The Gothic Suite.

This piece, inspired by the writings of the American Gothic author Edgar Allan Poe, began life as a five-movement guitar solo written especially for a Halloween concert given by the composer in Cambridge in 1998.

Since then the work, in particular, the first movement Diabolo, has gone through many varied arrangements including one for four guitars, seven guitars, for large guitar orchestra with violin, percussion, bass and vocals, and orchestrated for wind band and full orchestra, and there have been numerous performances around the world of these various instrumental combinations.

The Young Guitarists Fund have as their patron the world-renowned classical guitarist Xuefei Yang and the organisation was set up in January 2010 to support young classical guitarists from the North Devon area.

They have commissioned Steve Marsh to enlarge the complete guitar orchestra work by the addition of other instruments and at the time of writing these will include violin, cello and percussion.

The work will receive its’ premiere in early 2013 at the prestigious Conservatorio di Musica in Turin where it will be performed by the North Devon Guitar Ensemble and other students from the Royal College of Music, London under the musical direction of Des Miles.