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Absence (2012)
for solo guitar
Duration: 10’
SMMP No. 121

"Guitarist Colin McAllister played the world premiere of Adam Greene’s “Absence” with such beauty and tenderness that I and the whole room held our breath, not wanting its perfect spell to end. I will only say this: It should be played at every event in this weekend’s programs."

-Marcus Overton, The San Diego Union-Tribune, Jan. 5, 2018

Premiere: Colin McAllister, solo guitar, January 4, 2018, The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, California

Absence is part of a series of works that ponders issues of loss by invoking texts from The Classics. In the case of Absence, the ruminative, intimate nature of the guitar, coupled with the fact that it is an instrument I play, serves to make the metaphorical explorations of the piece intensely personal.

Absence was commissioned by the remarkable Pablo Gómez Cano, whose artistry and technique have encouraged me to revisit my own instrument with renewed interest and enthusiasm.

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