Blessed of God
guitar concerto and symphonic orchestra, 2011
(available nomenclatures below)
Since my meeting with the Brazilian virtuoso pianist Jose Eduardo Martins on the net in circumstances that I've described in the critical work made on his pianistic work, Une réflexion sur la discographie du pianiste Brésilien José Eduardo MARTINS, a great friendship was born between us who has been materialised by a great correspondence where we speak about everything and especially about music. He confirmed it by the order of a work in homage to the Portuguese composer Francisco de Lacerda called Trois musiques pour endormir les enfants d'un compositeur, creation of which will take place in November 2011 during a 6 piano recitals tour in Portugal (Coimbra, Lisboa, Tomar, Evora, Lagos, Braga, Póvoa de Varzim). Then, a day, Jose Eduardo, with whom I correspond by email and video-conference on Internet, speaks to me about one of his big friends' request, guitar virtuoso "Have your friend composer incidentally written works for guitar ?" because my music, particularly Rhythmics and Repetitives and Seasons Vertigo introduced on YouTube, have obviously very much pleased to him.
I didn't have at this time any specific work dedicated to the guitar because I've often used it as accompaniment instrument but never as soloist or only in too specific or confidential occasion. After my first negative response owing to lack of ammunition, I meditate a few days. Immediately rises to the surface in an almost automatic way my brother Benoit's death in October 2010 at the 50 years age. This immense pain, to lose my almost twin brother, is today still very fresh in my heart and my head. I had, during the first times of his so unexpected and too fast disappearance, tried to lay down words on paper for him to say my love and this irrevocable loss but it didn't come. I told myself then that it would be a unique opportunity, which surely will never come again, to write something in his honour, large, beautiful and fort's one which would be interpreted in addition by a Brazilian guitar magician which tightens me on this occasion an unhoped-for pole come from the sky. Once the composition was completed, it was finaly another Brazilian magician guitarist, the huge virtuoso Eduardo Meirinhos, Professor Dr. in the Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da Universidade Federal de Goiás of Goiânia, who decided to take up the torch to create this work, thanks to the José Eduardo Martins' presentation work.
Blessed of God is the Anglo-Saxon biblical and literal translation of the French expression "Beni de Dieu" (Benoît), a nickname we gave to Ben following our parents' gift, small frames describing our first names Latin etymology and were suspended over our children and adolescents beds in our common room. While the Latin meaning of François is "homme libre (free man)"... The nickname, contracted later in Beni, rightly followed him throughout his life which hasn't always been easy though he always kept a smile in adversity. Because that was my brother, a blessed of God human being, a luminous one in the darkness, a talented guitarist deeply and intimately musician - family heredity - who had an adoration for Brazil and South America and especially for their music, stayed amateur with my regret (and perhaps to his own !), a lighthouse for me, a twin brother who never departed from a calm and open-minded one, a pillar, a friend who I miss terribly today, but it's too weak a word. Although my journey in life has always been clear in my mind, I often feel since his disappearance like a navigator in the fog or under a starless night...
Initially, I wrote a work for solo guitar, but the next goal was the orchestration and later to make a duo guitar/piano version so that it can be performed in different nomenclatures (see the table below).
I. passacaglia alla brasiliana
II. andante funereo
III. allegro vivace
- Guitar / Orchestra -
Total time :
- Guitar / Piano -
« My Ben, I hope that you'll listen this music performed by a guitar angel since the sky with the loudspeakers installed up there, composed by your brother in honor to your musical genius which misses us terrifically today. I didn't find other means to tell all of it to you. »
Benoît GOURDIN-SERVENIERE (1959-2010) © 2010 photo : Anne GOURDIN-SERVENIERE Ben, Ushuaia in 2005
© 2005 photo : Marie-Neige PIMOUNET (in front of an icefall...)
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