Jurg Kindle : Malaguena for guitar quartet
Les Productions D’Oz: Score and separate parts (10, 2, 2, 2, and 2 pages respectively)
This prolific Swiss composer has his musical fingers in a lot of pies, with his musical influences crossing many musical borders, as well as having a huge amount of music in print, and having been performed over the decades lots of times. This latest work is obviously part of a set, as I have already reviewed another from the Flamenco Inspiration set a few weeks ago called Sevillanas also for guitar quartet.
This latest offering is set in G Major, and is a lively 3 / 4 Allegro of 140 beats a minute. All four parts are required to do rasgueado, but apart from that the music is not too advanced, so any decent players will be able to cope with it all. It is a little formulaic, and by that I mean that the sort of chord progressions that you might expect from a piece written in a Flamenco style by a no – Spaniard, are there. So if I DO have a criticism, it’s that I would have liked something a little more adventurous and not have everything I expected to happen in the piece, actually happen that way.
That said, it is a fun piece that many will enjoy and a decent quartet will have lots of fun with this.