A Sunny Day in Hell Sheet Music | Apostolos Paraskevas | Instrumental Duet

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A Sunny Day in Hellby Apostolos Paraskevas Instrumental Duet - Digital Sheet Music


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 A Sunny Day in Hell  - for two classical guitars

The work was written on December 2007-January 2008 for the Amadeus Duo (Thomas Kirchhoff and Dale Kavanach) and is dedicated to them with no personal reference in the title.  Although I composed a substantial bulk of guitar music, including a guitar quartet, four guitar concertos and various chamber music, it was my first time to compose a guitar duo.

I found the task very intriguing and quite fulfilling especially for the fact that I was writing for friends.  After all those years of knowing the exquisite playing of the Amadeus Duo this work was indeed past due for a while and I am happy to have it completed finally.  A small introduction from the second guitar opens the work which brings the introductory material as a feeling of a sluggish and almost joyful day, an opening with a dark feeling.  Almost like a sunny day in hell, I could say. 

This opening material gives its turn to a fast-fierce agitated section in where the second guitar mostly plays 16th triplets and the first introduces an exotic dance-like tune. A limping dance, I must add given the titles influence.  Almost like a small party in hell.  The following slow section brings up a sad melancholic mood where both instruments share new material with an evocation of a past happy life. The work ends with the main fast material in a variation form. It was my intention to compose a friendly work for performers and audiences.

 First twist:

Performers:  prepare audience for an upcoming performance twist/surprise which will not come (at least not during performance). If or when members of the audience later ask about it, performers should assure them that the twist is still an upcoming great event. Have them re-live the performance as they wonder for years to come...


If members of the audience should coerce or threaten you by force, you may reveal the twist: "In the unfortunate event that you may later end up in hell, this performance guarantees that you will have at least one Sunny Day in Hell"


Optional Second twist:

Performers, could as an extra touch, wear fangs (teeth of a vampire or devil) and after performance could reveal them by either biting the lip or casually smiling or yawning at the audience.  No audience preparation is needed for this twist. Although wearing Fangs during the performance, could be a nuisance to some performers, they could give to the work a special extra bite. As a variation, fangs could be worn after the end of the performance.

 Apostolos Paraskevas, Boston 2008

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