Invisible Curve

Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra

Narong Prangcharoen

Duration: 22:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

Invisible Curve was inspired by the fact that, although we know that the earth is round, we cannot see the curve of the horizon; we usually see the horizon as a straight line dividing the land or ocean and the sky. If you do not see something, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. The guitar, one of the softest instruments, may be hard to hear when compared with the big orchestra, rather like the invisible curve that we do not see, but we know it is there. The piece is built as a series of curves that may or may not be perceived by the listener. One might have to look at the score to see them. The music begins with a guitar solo in ascending and descending lines, creating the first small curve. The orchestra and guitar then alternate, creating more curves throughout the piece. Invisible Curve was commissioned by Dr. Disaphol Chansiri, who particularly requested a guitar piece that would be difficult to play and, also, be different from the typical guitar repertoire. For that reason, the guitar is required to imitate the techniques of some Asian string instruments, such as the Chinese pipa and the Thai pin. The final section of the piece contains some folk-like material from Northeastern Thailand. Invisible Curve was premiered on May 13, 2016 by guitarist Ekachai Jearakul and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Meyer.

Scores & Parts

Invisible Curve - Full Score - Study
Invisible Curve - Full Score - Large

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra with the support of Dr. Disaphol Chansiri
Orchestration Solo Guit.; 3(3 dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) - 4 2 2(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Str.
Premiere May 13, 2016. Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Jeffrey Meyer conductor, Ekachai Jearakul soloist.