Danse d'Azur - Music Two Guitars: Shingo Fujii
Danse D‚ÄôAzur for two guitars was written in 2002, and is a sonorous and successful work for guitar duet. It treats the two musicians as absolute equals, and while thoroughly idiomatic, puts considerable demands on both the individuals and the ensemble. Somewhat reminiscent of the music of Debussy, the piece starts with a Prologue (‚ÄúAndante religioso‚Äù) that evokes temple bells, and then moves into an energetic gigue. Many interesting twists and turns are encountered along the way, including some surprising changes in texture and harmony, as well as subtle references to blues (hence the title). Recommended for intermediate to advanced players, and very suitable for the concert stage.