Cloud Dance (Guitar)

Roger M. Aldridge

About this work:

Cloud Dance was composed in 1993, along with several other pieces, for a concert to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. After that performance, the music gathered dust for 18 years (I completely forgot about it) until it was discovered in August, 2011 by George Spicka, a composer friend in Baltimore. After George's discovery, I found my original copy of the music and made some minor revisions.

The piece was inspired by a day in which thick, low clouds driven by high winds seemed to perform a ballet.

The music unfolds through shifting moods,textures, and movement. Except for a brief restatement toward the end of the opening phrases, the piece is largely through-composed and does not use conventional compositional forms.

This piece is fairly short and is meant to sound ephemeral -- like clouds that come into our vision and then are gone.


Year composed: 1993
Duration: 00:00:00
Ensemble type: Solo instrument, non-keyboard:Guitar (Classical/Acoustic)
Instrumentation: 1 Guitar (Classical/Acoustic)
Instrumentation notes: Lead sheet. This piece was originally conceived for unaccompanied guitar. However, it can also be performed with additional instruments such as flute.

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