Sonatina for Guitar by Jonathan Godfrey eBook
( Mvt. I - poco marcato )
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Sonatina is the grand-prize winner of the 2010 Boston GuitarFest Composition Competition. While the designation “sonatina” typically suggests simplicity or reduced scale, the musical and technical demands that pervade this fifteen-minute work suggest a far more ironic meaning. Written in three-movements in a conventional sonata form, it was conceived as a recital or competition tour-de-force for Serbian-American virtuoso Nemanja Ostojic.
Dr. Jonathan Godfrey has been described as “a fine young guitarist and composer” by Soundboard Magazine and his music as "invitingly poetic" by the Boston Globe. He has been a soloist with over a dozen orchestras and shared the stage with artists ranging from Bernadette Peters to the New York Cantors. He has been a repeat guest-lecturer on guitar composition for the Guitar Foundation of America and won prizes at the Boston GuitarFest and Austin Classical Guitar Society composition competitions.
A gifted soloist and improviser drawing inspiration from the likes of Andrew York and Roland Dyens, Godfrey’s output ranges from complex concert music to crossover arrangements. Examples of his most novel commissions include the Okeechobee Concerto for plectrum banjo and orchestra (Bradenton Symphony Orchestra, 2021) and Suite in Mu Major (Homage to Steely Dan) (Trio Voila, 2014). His music has been featured at such international venues as the Manuel Enriquez Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva (Mexico City) and Serbia's Guitar Art World Festival. His arrangement of Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is programmed annually by guitar ensembles all over the world.