La symétrie charmante
[two guitars]

Alan Torok
Alan Torok
Composition Date: 1995
Duration: 00:27:00


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Guitar
Programme Note:
The Charm of Symmetry is a work that plays with various kinds of structural symmetry: tonal, thematic, horizontal, vertical—all within a tonal framework. But the inspiration for this piece’s character came from Debussy’s string quartet. Indeed the opening phrases of my Prelude are quite deliberately reminiscent of the main theme of that quartet’s first movement (hence the French title). But that is about as much of a comparison as one can make. The most important influence of that piece was rather general: I have always loved its intense rapture, and have tried from time to time to create such an atmosphere in my own piece. And if I had wanted to paraphrase Debussy’s piece I doubt that I could have managed the requisite discipline; musical compositions—mine included, take on a life of their own after the initial spark has been struck.
This work was commissioned by the Kubica-von Berkel guitar-duo through the Ontario Arts Council.

Premiere Information:
1996 Glenn Gould Studio Toronto Kubica & van Berkel Guitar-Duo, broadcast


  • Date of Acquisition:
  • July 26, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (32 p.) ;
    32 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 32
    2 parts ((32) p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Guitar duo
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