• Poul Ruders
  • Etude And Ricercare (1994)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • gtr
  • 12 min

Programme Note

For guitar solo

Etude & Ricercare could have been called ’Prelude and Fugue*, with the short Etude leading the way towards the disproportionately longer Ricercare, a title I have taken from early Italian music, 'Ricercare' meaning “to search”.

The quiet repetitive staccato of the Etude belies its considerable technical difficulty as a left-hand study, traversing in moto perpetuo the entire range of the guitar’s fingerboard.

The Ricercare is written in two and three voices, with its initiating theme and subsequent development the result of compositional techniques both old and new.

Etude & Ricercare, particulary the latter, is most of all a polyphonic fantasy, a search for extreme expression on an introverted instrument.

Etude & Ricercare was commissioned by the Fromm Foundation of Harvard University, and was composed for American guitarist David Starobin.

- Poul Ruders