Towards the Night (1978) was written for the exellent Finnish flute and guitar duo Ilari Lehtinen / Seppo Siirala, whom I had the pleasure to work with in the late 70s — at the very beginning of my career as composer. This cooperation resulted in several other pieces as well and in a record with compositions for flute and guitar, which was issued in 1980.
Towards the Night belongs to my previous world of tonal entertainment music. It is a melodious ballad, characterized by a short-long rhythm, a lot of seventh and altered chords and a passage, where the guitar takes the leed and plays the melody in tremolo.
© Harri Wessman, June 13, 1993
(from the letter to Machiko Takahashi) Instrumentation
fl, guit Category
Chamber Works, Pedagogical Works Premiere
Ilari Lehtinen, flute, Seppo Siirala, guitar, Lahti, August 11, 1979. PDF for promotional use
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