A free-style toccata for solo guitar intended to display the performer’s virtuosity within a traditional rondo structure
- 7 minutes, 18 seconds
This was written in 1989 for Rosanne Dopita, who gave the first performance at the Baldock Festival on the 7th May that year.
The title betrays the piece's character and structure: it is a free-style 'toccata', intended to show off the technical virtuosity of the performer, and a 'rondo' where the initial theme (A) is contrasted with episodes (A B A C A in this case).
The melodic material is developed continuously throughout, and key centres are treated freely; abrupt, or remote, modulations and chromaticisms are features, along with strong rhythmic vitality.
- 8 May 1989 Baldock Festival, South Lodge, Baldock (Herts, UK) Rosanne Dopita (guitar)
- 8 December 1991 Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London, Stuart McGowan (guitar)
- 15 December 1991 Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London, Stuart McGowan (guitar)
The score is very linear, almost as if written for the violin. The rhythmic manipulation of the beat in the work is cleverly tackled.
Therese Wassily Saba, Classical Guitar, February 1992
Toccata Rondo is quite a substantial solo guitar piece; the standard required to perform this work is about Grades 7-8. I found it very interesting and, after several plays-through, quite likeable. It has a strong rhythmic drive with a melodic line being perpetually thrust forward.....The work concludes with the driving, energetic force of the original 6/8 section, this time varied to bring the work to a brilliant ending. Toccata Rondo is a worthy addition to the growing list of music for guitar in the Corda catalogue. Recommended.
Steve Marsh, Classical Guitar, May 1992
- Edited and fingered by Stuart McGowan, and published by Corda Music Publications in their Sul Boca edition (SBM 1022)