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Lovers Walk – Wesley Hlava

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Jonathan Robinson

27.8.2020

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We talk about tone being in the fingers, in the delivery. Rarely is that so accurately placed. Within seconds the bouncing rhythm drags the listener into the work. Simple but carrying the choral quality to immediately create a mood and moment for itself.

Lovers Walk

This same playing style continues with developments in both playing and ensemble arrangement. A combination of reinforcing voices join to ease in performative variety. Some instruments, like the lead string voice, take their moments as the focal point of the work. Beautifully presenting themselves with a sweetness and brevity to their tone. 

The powerfully pivotal use of melody on this lead instrument beautifully articulates the harmonic choices in the composition. Where the work abandons its gently uplifting sway for a more colourful minor leap, the weight of the shift is reflected across the mix.

Tonally, there are moments of contemporary Spanish (neo)classical music. The balance of ranges lends itself to swapping of responsibilities in the ensemble. The delicate balance of chordal lead work with embellished melody is executed without fail. 

The consistency of arpeggiated chord voicings with tension and quality-modulating decoration is key to the piece. Moments without an obvious lead instrument can comfortably shift the gaze to these moments of more defining harmony.

Lovers Walk is a hazy dream around the ordinary. Rich and understated groups of voices carry endless charm from start to finish. The balance of compositional and structural control is spread across the ensemble without a single failure to execute the moment. This work is one worth following.

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