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Eucharisteo by Piorkowski


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Composer: Piorkowski, James

Description:Eucharisteo - This etymologically rich Greek term means to give thanks, and has at its roots the prefix "eu," meaning good or well, "charis," which means grace or favor, and "chara" which means joy and gladness. The intent of this composition, for solo classical guitar, is to musically express and celebrate these beautiful concepts of the spirit: thanksgiving, grace, and joy. 

It was completed in November 2012, and is dedicated to my son, Benjamin.

Era: 21st century

Parts: Score

Publisher: Secondaprattica.org

About Composer/Arranger

James Piorkowski“ James Piorkowski is a SUNY Distinguished Professor at the Fredonia School of Music, State University of New York, serving as head of the guitar program since 1983. In 2006, Piorkowski was the recipient of both the President’s Award for Excellence and the Robert W. Kasling Award for Scholarly and Creative Excellence. He was the recipient of the University’s William T. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award in 1998. Piorkowski's live guitar performances have been described as "expressive and stupendous" -The Gleaner, (Kingston, Jamaica). His recitals have been heard in Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Jamaica, Canada, and throughout the United States. At the 2006 Guitar Foundation of America International Convention at Columbus State University (GA), Piorkowski performed his composition for mixed choir and guitar, The Greatest of These, which was featured as the opening work of the opening night gala, a concert considered by many in attendance as one of the most memorable musical events in the history of the GFA. As a composer, James Piorkowski has written many pieces for guitar, both in solo and in chamber settings. His musical language, while described as both erudite and multifarious, remains accessible. “Piorkowski is a modernist, always experimenting as he moves easily from tonal to atonal formats.” –Fanfare. Piorkowski studied composition with Anton Wolf at the State University College at Buffalo and with Donald Bohlen at the State University of N.Y. at Fredonia. He also has had classes with Aaron Copland, Jacob Druckman, Lucas Foss, Morton Feldman and Milton Babbitt. Piorkowski’s recording, Sentient Music, (Centaur Records) features seventeen original solo guitar compositions, including his increasingly popular Sentient Preludes. Critics have called the recording, "an absolutely engrossing collection."- Buffalo News. Classical Guitar Magazine (UK) stated, “his compositional skills are illustrated in a very favourable light, with his work conjuring up musical imagery, extending through a whole assortment of emotions from jubilant and rhythmic, to the impressionistic.” His collaborative album, Freedom Flight: Guitar Music by Ortiz and Piorkowski, features original compositions for solo guitar, two guitars, flute/guitar and voice/guitar. Piorkowski’s works are "inspired by Shakespeare, Venezuela, and religious imagery when he sets out to work his magic" - El Nuevo Dia (San Juan). The CD has been summed up as: "Great music and wonderful musicians" - American Record Guide. For eighteen years, Piorkowski was a member of the world-renowned Buffalo Guitar Quartet. The BGQ toured internationally and released four highly acclaimed recordings. Guitar Player Magazine stated that the Buffalo Guitar Quartet was "one of the world's premiere classical guitar ensembles."

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  1. Perfect map to a wonderful sound

    Posted by Unknown on 30th Jul 2013

    As a fan of guitar, this is one of my favorite solo works. The harmonic introduction and the way it leads into the rest of the piece immediately grabs my attention. Once it hits, a constant trade off between the melody line and repeating open B make for very interesting sounding harmonies.
    As a student of guitar, I find this arrangement very detailed and precisely explained. The control I've gained in right hand technique is remarkable. The difficult part is separating lines and making two, sometimes three voices stand out.
    I very much enjoy listening to, learning, and playing this piece, and highly recommend it to anyone who wishes to gain both technical skills and musical skills.

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