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By Candlelight

by Brian Farrell

The music of Guitarist & Composer Andrew York. Performed by Ireland's leading classical guitarist, Brian Farrell.
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1. The Equations of Beauty: I. h
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2. The Equations of Beauty: II. e
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3. The Equations of Beauty: III. Π
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4. The Equations of Beauty: IV. i
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5. The Equations of Beauty: V. ∞
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6. The Equations of Beauty: VI. c
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7. Six Not So Easy Pieces: I. Configuration
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8. Six Not So Easy Pieces: II. Andantino
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9. Six Not So Easy Pieces: III. Scott’s Muse
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10. Six Not So Easy Pieces: IV. Didactic Doodle
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11. Six Not So Easy Pieces: V. Quadrivial Quandary
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12. Six Not So Easy Pieces: VI. In Silence
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13. Andecy
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14. By Candlelight
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15. Home
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16. Skerries
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17. Yamour
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18. Avenue of the Giants
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19. Snowflight
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20. Six Easy Pieces: I. new shoes
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21. Six Easy Pieces: II. veil of grey
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22. Six Easy Pieces: III. Prelude
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23. Six Easy Pieces: IV. Fading Colors
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24. Six Easy Pieces: V. For Anthony
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25. Six Easy Pieces: VI. Penny Pincher
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Equations of Beauty is a six-movement suite, and each movement is named for a mathematical constant or variable. The names are h, e, π, i, ∞ and c. These symbols stand for the smallest, the fastest, the infinite, the beautiful and mystical transcendental, irrational and imaginary numbers; all the utmost extremes that inhabit the realm of mathematics. I chose the names to match the spirit of each movement. “Equations” is entirely played with a capo on the fifth fret, and the tuning is D A D F# B D.

Six Not So Easy Pieces is the companion book to “Six Easy Pieces.” “Six Not So Easy Pieces” is a collection of challenging solo guitar works spanning several decades. Two of the works have appeared in the book “Pumping Nylon” by Scott Tennant, and now I make them available as part of this collection as well. The other works have remained unpublished for many years, until now.

Configuration was written for Larry Buckel, an old friend who would lend technical assistance in the old days when I had some computer issues. For this publication I revised it extensively adding two more pages of material to the piece.

Andantino was from the same period, the late 1980s. It is a counterpoint study in a more challenging tonal language, involving more dissonance, parallelism and contrapuntal chromaticism. I also extended this work for the book.

Scott’s Muse was written for Scott Tennant, who recorded it for his CD “Wild Mountain Thyme” A contrapuntal work, it is stylistically reminiscent of J.S. Bach.

Didactic Doodle appears in “Pumping Nylon.” I was asked to contribute an etude for the book that would be a difficult arpeggio study. This certainly fills that role, but it is also paternalistically very interesting, perhaps more so than most etudes typically are.

Quadrivial Quandary also appears in “Pumping Nylon”, and is a four-voice study for practicing very difficult fingering changes between chords. The title refers to the ancient Quadrivium, which was curriculum of sciences that students were expected to study. The four parts of the Quadrivium are Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy and Music. The ancients knew the value and importance of music, and rightly included it in the studies along with other sciences. The harmonies of this works re quite beautiful, but also terribly difficult to play well. Soon I will make a duet version of this piece, so it can reach its fullest musical potential. But as a solo etude it is an excellent study.

In Silence is an unpublished work that I’am happy to include in this book. It is a piece I find very meaningful and captures a spirit that is at once peaceful and profound.

Six Easy Pieces is a collection of solo guitar works, many unpublished until now, that I have written during the last twenty-eight years. They represent many times and places in my life, and I’d like to tell you a bit about each of them.

I wrote new shoes (yes, the lower-case title is intentional) when I was living in London in 1991. One of my great pleasures of that time was walking through Hampstead Health in north London, and my flat was not too far from it. During one of my long explorations of the heath I thought of this tune, imagining it as a charismatic student piece, with a title fit for walking.

veil of grey was also written in London during this time, on one of the cold May days when it is rainy and grey it is good to sit by the fire. This piece strikes me as something Beethoven might have written if he had played guitar. I put it in the key of C minor, a somewhat unusual key for a simple guitar study, and the challenge was to make it playable without compromising the voicings I wanted to hear.

Prelude is the oldest of these works, written in 1989 in Los Angeles. It is a modal counterpoint study that has an open, medieval sound, with independent lines. It comes from the same period when I wrote “Emergence” and “Chilean Dance.”

Fading Colors was written in Bonn when I was living in Germany in 2003. It’s a simple but compelling minor study. During that time in Bonn I also wrote “B and B” and “Pop” for LAGQ which was on our GRAMMY winning CD “Guitar Heroes.”

For Anthony comes after I played at West Dean Festival in southern England in 2000. Attending the festival was an elderly man who was thrilled to be learning guitar at an advanced age, and I wrote this piece for him.

Penny Pincher is the newest piece in the collection, written in Los Angeles in 2017. It’s in 7/8 time, with a Balkan sound, and is in the key of G minor. It is not quite as easy as the rest of the pieces in the book, through I think it is a good challenge for students, with a style not usually found in easy repertoire. I’ve learned that guitar students and aficionados of all ages are hungry for material that does not come from the 19th century like so much of our repertoire, so it is a goal of mine to create works with integrity that satisfy modern ears and sensibilities.

Both collection in this series, “Six Easy Pieces” and “Six Not So Easy Pieces,” are named in honer of the books by physicist Richard Feynman with the same titles.

Andrew York 2017 Los Angeles.

Andecy - This piece came about from a visit to a French village (which the piece is named after) and started out as an improvisation in a slow 3/2 tempo.

By Candlelight - Based around the chords of G#m, E & F# major and is a romantic thought-provoking work.

Home - Everyone can relate to the calling of ‘Home’, especially if you are away for long periods of time.

Skerries - Skerries (Irish: Na Sceirí, meaning "The Rocks") is a seaside town in Fingal, Co. Dublin Ireland. The name comes from the Norse word skere which has descended into the Irish word na sceirí which means the rocks.

Yamour - This piece is fashioned from African rhythms, and features a vocal with a serene chant-like melody between colourful instrumental episodes.

Avenue of the Giants - World famous scenic location in Northern California with acres of redwood groves. Foot-tapping is required in the early section of this piece.

Snowflight - A fast little study mainly for the right-hand in 12/8 time with a haunting melodic bass-line. It conjurers up mysterious and dream-like images throughout.

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