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Interview July 2019


1. Introduce yourself and when you starting playing guitar?

My name is Eric F Lemieux. I live and teach music in Canada. I consider myself more a composer than a performer, but I do both. I wrote music for films as well as music for concerts.

I started my guitar learning when I was around 12. I first learned the classical way of playing. At the time, I also liked to play some music by what was called the progressive English rock of the 70s.


2. Who are your influences?

They are many. Most of them are rooted in occidental instrumental music. For my guitar writing, I would say composers like Rodrigo, Garpar Sanz, Luys de Narvaez, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Jacques Hétu (a Canadian composer), Stravinsky, webern were significant but you will hear many other influences in my music also.


3. When did you start composing for the classical guitar?

I did write for the guitar in my learning period as soon as when I was 13 or 14. However, I did not take it seriously before I was 30. I did write most of my works for the solo guitar between the age of 30 and 36.

Since that time, I wrote for the instrument on different occasions but always as part of a larger project. Sometimes I was using the instrument as part of an ensemble, in a soundtrack for instance, or occasional solo guitar.


4. How do you write music? Describe your process.

It really depends on the type of project I would be writing for. I have a totally different approach in writing for film, solo guitar, or for a full orchestra for example. Everything changes : The language I use change, the way I think and work the inspiration is also different. In writing for solo guitar, I tend to just sit down with the instrument for a while and forget about anything else. I need that intimate contact with the fret board to develop my ideas. It’s a very physical process.

In that context I tend to have a melodic approach but I like to use some scales that are non conventional like the symmetrical modes and other systems. Most of the time I like to combine different systems of writing all together. I can also use more conventional harmonic systems but I would probably combine that with something else. The starting point is always playing the instrument.

In writing for film it’s a totally different approach. In that context, the music you create has the purpose of sustaining the dramatic action or embody the psychological aspects of a character. Then I spend more time reading a scenario or looking at a scene already filmed, feeling what needs to be done and figuring out the appropriate mood that needs to be created for a particular story.

Nevertheless I must say I almost always use the guitar in the previous stages of writing for any combination of tuned instruments or even if combined with electroacoustics.

It’s all different challenges. It’s not a smaller challenge to write for solo guitar I’m telling you.


5. What do you think is your best work so far?

For the guitar I would probably say my “Prélude Hommage à Villa-Lobos”. It’s the introductory movement of my Second Guitar Suite.


6. I noticed you have written quit a bit of short ( 3~5 minutes ) pieces for the guitar, have you written LARGER or more bigger works for the guitar?

Not yet. May be one day I could write a guitar concerto. Why not ? If there is a demand for it.

7.What are your future plans?


Right now I plan to take some good vacations for a large part of the summer. After that I’ll see how it goes.


8. Have you published any sheet music yet ? Where can we find them for sale?

Yes. My solo guitar works have almost all been published at Bergmann Editions.

https://bergmann-edition.com/products/lemieux-suite-no-1-2-3

9. Lastly, have you seen any of our live broadcasts on YouTube and if so what did you think?


I’m just discovering your broadcasts. So far I had the opportunity to listen to one of them and it’s clear to me you know your field very well. So I welcome your channel warmly and I wish you all the very Best for what’s coming up.

10. Any final thoughts or advice for guitar composers just beginning?


I would say at first it’s a good idea to get familiar with a lot of different repertoire. So don’t stick only to guitar music. Broaden your scope as much as possible in other fields and different languages. Then put the focus on finding your own voice. But I think the main thing is : know your instrument very well J


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Interview with  Nicolò Renna 07/03/2019

https://www.facebook.com/nicolorenna.guitarist/videos/681917268945840/?v=681917268945840



  1. Introduce yourself and when you starting playing guitar?

Hi everyone, I'm Nicolò Renna, Italian guitarist-composer. I started playing guitar at the age of 10 in the choir of the church in my neighborhood, at the age of 11 I began to study guitar at the middle schools with Maestro Andrea Anselmi, then at the age of 14 I started studies at the Conservatory of Palermo with the Maestro NIcola Oteri.


2. Who are your influences?


My musical influences are varied, when I started as a child to make music I played the guitar in a group of Sicilian folk music, or the music of my land, naturally I studied and appreciated very much the classical repertoire, later I started listening to rock music, heavy metal, prog metal, but also Brazilian music, blues and jazz, I really appreciate Indian, Arabic and Celtic popular music.


3. When did you start composing for the classical guitar?


At the age of 17 I begin to compose the first pieces for guitar, one of the first is Danza Funk.


4. How do you write music? Describe your process.


There are various ways in which I write music, surely most of the songs for guitar I wrote them playing the instrument, recording myself to listen to the ideas and consequently improve them gradually. Some songs I write directly to the PC with the Finale music writing software. It happens to me during the days of singing melodies that I immediately record with my smartphone and then play them on the guitar.


5. What do you think is your best work so far?


Hard question! Surely among the best works there are the pieces Breathing and Indian Theme.


6. I noticed you have written quit a bit of short pieces for the guitar, have you written LARGER or more bigger works for the guitar?


I don't like writing songs that are too long, my way of expressing music usually takes a few minutes. My tracks almost always last between 3 and 5 minutes.


7. What are your future plans?


A month ago I finished the recordings of my solo album, surely by 2019 it will be released. I hope to do so many concerts around the world to make my music known.


8. Where can other guitarist find you and your works?


As soon as I publish the record I will also deal with the online sale of the scores. Currently you can request my music by contacting me on the Nicolò Renna Facebook page or at nicolorenna@gmail.com


9. Have you published anything yet?


Currently I have released the song Dance of Fire, original piece for five guitars, for the Da Vinci edition.


10. Lastly, have you seen any of our live broadcasts and if so what did you think?


Yes I have seen videos on your channel, I think you are doing a good job, surely it is a great showcase for young composer guitarists, knowing that there is someone who wants to make room for new guitar music is a great resource. Congratulations on your support.


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