Guitar Ensemble Music: ‘Django Djingle’

As the Guitar professor at Valencia College (Orlando, FL), I always try to engage people and create awareness of the beauty of our instrument. In October 2018, I decided to start an ensemble.

From the very start, I realized if I want to recruit new members, I would have to find guitar ensemble music that goes beyond doubling / tripling of single note lines. For mainly this reason, too often I find guitar ensemble music sounding rather ‘thin’ and ‘weak’.

‘Django Djingle’ is my first attempt to avoid this, and make guitarists, and perhaps composers, thrilled again to play / write more guitar ensemble music. Here’s a brief summary of the piece:

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TEXTURE:
The idea is that when one listens multiple times to it, and focuses f.e. on one guitarist at a time, it creates a different perspective / feel to it, while each voice has something unique to contribute to the entire piece:
     – guitar 1 (upper right): main melody
     – guitar 2 (upper left): grace notes / slurs / counter-melody
     – guitar 3 (bottom left): rhythmical pattern
     – guitar 4 (bottom right): harmony / chords
     – bass (bottom middle): music pulse

FORM (time code)
     Intro (0:00) – introduces character / nine-chord
     A (0:33) – theme
     B (1:02) – counter theme (polyphony between guitar 1 and 2)
     A (1:21) – theme
     C (1:49) – triplets / higher register main melody
     A (2:08) – theme
     Coda (2:37) – closing section / imitation

THEME / MOTIVE:
in this case, the first few notes, although spread out, from Django’s “a minor swing”

OTHER CHARACTERISTICS:
for the attentive listener, this guitar ensemble music has some examples of: countermelodies, imitation, question / answer, harmonizations, etc…

Music Score:

CROSS OVER:
– classical with gypsy jazz
– the cover is a painting by French artist David Montono who combines his painting skills with cartoon-like story telling. (http://www.montorodavid.com)