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Written in April 1995, this piece continues some of the basic ideas of Rhapsody on a Riff, and in fact is subtitled Rhapsody No. 2. I was toying with the opening phrase of John Dowland’s Flow my Tears when I found that with a couple of small changes it became the beginning of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood. I treated both in much the same way I’d treated the riff in Rhapsody. However, the title has nothing to do with that: it comes from Shakespeare’s Richard III, and is one of my favorite descriptions of the sound of a lute or a guitar.
01 Jun 1995: Performed by Michael Calvert (guitar) at The Pen and Brush, New York.