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Introspect

by Harry George Pellegrin

Introspect is an album of original contemporary solo classical guitar compositions composed and performed by Harry George Pellegrin
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Vals Brevis One
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2. Elaine
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3. Vals Brevis One (Reprise)
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4. Nacht Tanz
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5. Vals Brevis Two
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6. Vals Brevis Three
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7. Snowfall
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8. Vals Brevis Four
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9. Vals Brevis Five
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10. Vals Brevis Six
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11. Vals Brevis Seven
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12. La vie de la danse macabre
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13. Vals Brevis Eight
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14. Gentle Spring Rain
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15. Vals Brevis Nine
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16. In Memoriam
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17. Vaks Brevis Ten
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Introspection is a strong creative force. When one looks inside oneself and examines one’s emotions
and motivations, the creative spirit undoubtedly finds inspiration. These pieces represent a personal
voyage through my life. None were written simply to expend ink or pass time; each has a personal
meaning and catalogs a particular stage in my life.

The earliest piece in this folio, Nacht Tanz, was composed in 1980. It is dark and brooding. My father
was dying and I was about to graduate college. It was a time for sadness and farewells. It was also
written by candlelight in a Bronx apartment for which I could not afford utilities. Years later, Vals
Brevis No. 1 was inspired by a friend and fellow guitarist, Georgio Testani, who thought I should write
something in the style of Agustin Barrios. While not approaching the beauty or complexity of that
master’s work, it appealed to the dedicatee and to audiences as well.
After that first waltz, my wife, Elaine, pleaded with me to write a piece for her. It didn’t take much
pleading actually; I feel every woman who is deeply loved should be venerated in song—and it was a
labor of true love. She is also commemorated in Soft Spring Rain, penned some ten years later.
Two waltzes, Vals Brevis No. 3 and No. 4 are dedicated to my parents. I had gone through a particularly
unproductive period in the years before my mother passed. When she left us, I was inspired to
remember her in music, hence the subtitle “The Last Kiss”. Vals Brevis No. 4 “A Summer Afternoon in
the Bronx, 1962” is for my father. He spent his entire life in the Bronx and this piece is a nostalgic look
back to a kinder, gentler period in that borough’s history as seen through the eyes of a kind and gentle
man.

Snowfall… is a tone poem. It almost literally fell onto the paper while I watched the first snow storm of
2008 and I recalled Keats’ The Eve of St. Agnes. Through the music one can hear the storm gradually
build, the sound of snow plows, and the thump of accumulated snow falling off the roof.

Astrophysicist Dr. Francis Wilkin goaded me out of yet another creative slump and has been rewarded
for his effort with Vals Brevis No. 5. Vals Brevis No. 6 was written when I learned that a dear friend was
battling a terrible health crisis. Once again, my pain drove the compositional process. Vals Brevis No. 7
is dedicated to my youngest daughter Amanda because if you know her, you know this sounds like her!
La Danse de la Vie Macabre totally explains my oldest daughter, Veronica. Vals Brevis No. 10 was
penned for Scott Andrus, a student and friend. In Memoriam is a transcription of a recording of an
improvisation I performed at Buck Brundage’s memorial service and while maybe not the most
structured composition, it captures my sentiment.


Harry George Pellegrin, classical guitarist. A performer, composer and teacher, he studied at The Mannes College of Music in Manhattan, with Albert Valdés-Blain and Eliot Fisk, both well-known and respected performers and teachers as well as students of Andrés Segovia. He has performed extensively in New York City and in the Capital District, Tulsa, Oklahoma, St. Louis, Missouri and other cities in the United States. He is the author of numerous books on guitar pedagogy and has had four CD’s released on the PAB label. Since January 2008 he has been a member of the adjunct faculty of Union College in Schenectady, New York. He was installed on the Board of Directors of the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York in 2011. Pellegrin is an Artist member and board member of the Monday Musical Club of Albany.


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