Suite #3 in A minor for Guitar solo – Op.1, #3 

The Suite #3 in A minor, the third of the cycle, is cast in the traditional fast-slow- fast three movement format associated with Baroque concerti. The first movement, Prelude, marked with a tempo indication Allegro maestoso is based on an Aeolian motive which shifts metrically between 4/4 and 3⁄4 time, and features not one, but two solo cadenzas. The second movement, Menuetto, is given the tempo marking Moderato, is a graceful Renaissance dance in 3⁄4 time with some rather unusual harmonic variations. The third movement, Finale is marked Allegro moderato, is an expository juxtaposition of two main themes which are intertwined in a dialogue incorporating rhythms more commonly associated with Rock music of the 1960’s. The overall harmonic language has a modal rather than tonal feel and gives the piece a curiously modern sounding character within the context of the antique formal structure. 

At the request of Dr. Maurice Riley of East Michigan State University, this suite was arranged for viola and string orchestra as a concerto for performance at the International Viola Congress held at the University of Michigan in 1987. Domine subsequently revised the Viola Concerto for Nancy Roth, who gave the first performance of the final version in September of 2000 at a subscription concert of the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra with the composer conducting. A transcription of this concerto for guitar and strings has been performed by the composer as soloist leading the orchestra and made popular by the Symphomaniax chamber ensemble. The four suites for solo guitar were recorded by the composer in the Spring and Summer of 2009. 

Suite #3 in A minor for guitar solo

  • This includes the Program Notes as a separate PDF, the Mp3 audio files for each movement and the PDF musical score file.