As we all know, Italian is the international language of music. Okay maybe we don't all know that, but it is--or at least was. Dating back to the 16th century it was once universally accepted for tempo notations and descriptions of form by German, French and Italian composers. It was also common in this time for a composer to dedicate his work publicly upon release.
Now, we pick up with the release of "composta e, dedicata" (italian for "composed and dedicated.") The latest Frank Friend work arrives in the form of three instrumental pieces each composed and dedicated to different people. I will briefly explain.
The three compositions are dedicated to Brian Kasper, Paul Solorzano, and Tim Heller. These fellow musicians, music connoisseurs, and friends have always supported my musical advancement. I know that my music will always have a home in their iTunes. So in many ways these compositions are in appreciation of a long friendship, however they also play out as musical portraits of each individual.
All three pieces can be separated into different movements or sections that contrast each other while each maintaining the same character of the overall piece. The same can be said for all three pieces as a whole--they collectively contain a similar character while contrasting each other. Although admittedly the tonality of No. 2 [Solorzano] and No. 3 [Heller] are similar, as well as their use of sonata form; they both present different ideas and statements.
No. 1 [Kasper] Presented with the absence of traditional form. The different textures of sounds and rhythms create an overall soundscape that serves as a snapshot into the many late night recording sessions Kasper and I shared over the years. The synthesizer patches and effects used create a somewhat symphonic experience.
No. 2 [Solorzano] Presented in four movements with a focus on piano. I don't know if I have ever put so many musical ideas in one piece before! This work is exciting, mysterious, and smart. It features two movements in sonata form. It represents a personal artistic achievement.
No. 3 [Heller] Presented in three movements with a focus on piano. Collectively they are anthemic in character. The first movement came to me quickly and fully visualized. This is music where everything locks into place. The background, middle, and foreground each have their importance and compliment each other. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The "composta e, dedicata" series is an artistic achievement in my musical output. Each piece is roughly fifteen minutes in length. They are intended to be played completely. It's because of this, that I combined each movement into a single track for each piece. I am truly proud to have friends that inspire me to create. I am truly proud of what I have created for my friends. I hope it will be enjoyed by many.
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