3 Themes for Steel-String Guitar, String Quartet, and String Orchestra is a concerto in one movement, richly tonal and sweeping in scope, with elements of tango, blues, and other popular traditions used to excellent effect in the interplay between soloists and string orchestra. The work challenges and rewards string ensembles, ranging from youth orchestras to professional symphonies, and delights audiences with its range and sonorities. In both the solo and orchestral parts, the players are called upon to use a wealth of bowing and expressive techniques drawn from both the classical and vernacular traditions.
The combination of steel-string guitar with string quartet and string orchestra has been called for rarely by composers, and 3 Themes may be said to mark an important chapter in the evolution of steel-string guitar as a concert-hall instrument.
By Jeremy Cohen and Alex de Grassi
10-part score of an exhilarating Jeremy Cohen/Alex de Grassi composition includes a solo guitar part, string quartet parts, and a string-orchestra accompaniment.