Suite #2 in D major for Guitar Solo
James Domine: Suite #2 in D major for guitar solo
The Suite #2 in D major is cast in four contrasting movements. The opening movement, Introduction begins with a ritornello that sets the tone for the piece. This is followed by a stately Renaissance style dance in ¾ time, followed by a restatement of the ritornello, this time leading to an episode that modulates to the relative minor key. This sequence unfolds melodiously through a variety of keys, arriving at a dominant cadence that forms a transition to a passage in the relative minor. This is followed by a kind of cadenza using artificial harmonics. This moment of peaceful tranquility is consummated by a final return of the ritornello, bring the movement to its conclusion. The second movement entitled Romance is set in the form of a da capo aria. A bipartite introspective opening section frames an arching sentimental theme based on the ritornello of the first movement. The return of the introspective theme rounds out the movement, bringing it to a slightly bittersweet end. The third movement, Interlude is a calm moment of serene tranquility with shades of solitude. It is followed by the Finale, a rondo which uses a happy, upbeat opening theme to frame a contrastingly slow section, reminiscent is the sentiment of the second movement, and an episode in the relative minor from the first movement the leads back to the final statement of the rondo theme. The piece ends with a joyous dominant-tonic cadence. The second suite has been arranged by the composer for guitar and chamber orchestra under the title of Mission Suite, and as such has been performed by the composer as soloist leading the orchestra, as well as by other guitarists. In 1985 this piece was the vehicle for a classical music video produced for cable television directed by Alan Popkin and choreographed by Melody Stevenson. This video, entitled Mission Suite, was nominated for ACE and Emmy awards for local origin production. The four suites for solo guitar were recorded by the composer in the Spring and Summer of 2009.