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Commissioned by Richard Hand, this is a suite of five contrasting movements for cello and guitar, ranging in mood and technical demands. Ritual and Intermezzo have a stylised quality, while Tarantella and Burlesque are more vehicles for the respective instrumentalists' virtuosity. The outer sections of Cantilena are lyrical solos for cello, with the guitar taking over the melodic material in the central section.
Tragically, Richard died in 2011 at the age of 50. This work, unperformed in his lifetime, is dedicated to his memory.