Interview with Estonian composer René Eespere

Last May I had the chance to interview the great Estonian composer René Eespere. He was kind enough to answer my questions and to share some of his world with me.
So, the following is the interview we filmed in the Estonian Academy of Music, in Tallinn.



Thanks very much to Heiki Matlik who conducted the interview in Estonian language, and to Liis who subtitled it in english!.

And, last but not least, I would like to mention that I recorded all of Eespere´s works for guitar in my CD "My heart´s in the highlands".

(you can click on the YouTube logo to watch it in full size)

On the use of non conventional techniques to achieve a musical goal I

Are you willing to do anything in order to make a certain passage sound natural ? even if that means playing with your nose ?

The following is a passage from Carlos Guastavino´s Sonata Nr. 3. 1st, mouvement:

As it usually happens with composers who doesnt play the guitar, sometimes their writing is far from being idiomatic for the instrument.
in the passage below it would be very uncomfortable and much more difficult to hold the chords  enough time to make them sound legato because we have to make a rapid shift to play the B harmonic in the 6th string.

unless either you have an unusual large hand or you play the B harmonic with your nose!
I have done it everytime I had the chance to play this sonata in concerts, and usually people even dont notice it


One more example of the use of non conventional techniques can be found in the 1st. mouvement of Lennox Berkeley´s Sonatina.

Here there is no other option to play this chord than barring with the 3rd or 4th finger of your left hand!.


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