Castillo Cave (2017) by Ian Evans Guthrie (USA, 1992)
for glissando flute solo
Commissioned by the VIPA Festival for Erik Drescher
Premiered July 6, 2017 in Valencia, Spain
Recording Engineer: Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Mixed: Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie
PROGRAM NOTES & BIO:
Castillo Cave, or officially Cueva de El Castillo (Cave of the Castle), is a famous cave in the Cantabrian Mountains in Spain. The cave contains numerous prehistoric paintings, which some date to nearly 40,000 years ago and attribute to a pre-Homo sapien species called the Homo neanderthalensis (Neanderthals).
This piece begins with many jet whistles and key clicks, representing the intermittent wind gusts outside the cave. As the jet whistles become less frequent, you realize you are now in the mysterious cave, where you meander through the winding cave, admiring the paintings, tools, and other artifacts; meanwhile, gentle wind gusts (or are they the ghosts of the Neanderthals?) occasionally pass by. Eventually, we hear a neo-ancient flute melody, which may lead us to believe that it is an actual ghost; yet we soon realize someone managed to bring their toy flute into the cave and is playing variations on this melody. Unfortunately, we have come to the end of the tour, and it is time to leave, digesting everything we have seen and heard.
I wrote and dedicated Castillo Cave for flautist Erik Drescher, who premieres it at the 2017 Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival in Spain. I want to specifically thank the VIPA Festival for the opportunity to have this work performed; Erik Drescher for his helpful collaboration through the process; Bret Pimentel for permission to use his wind instrument fingering software to create the special fingering charts. I finally want to thank my grandmother Nancy Houston Guthrie and uncle Julio Mayer—who were two of the major donors to the project—and my parents, Michael and Dawn Guthrie—who further assisted me in many ways to make this experience possible.
Ian Evans Guthrie is emerging as a tour-de-force composer and pianist. He recently won 1st prize in the Arcady Composition Competition, 2nd place in the American Prize, and 2nd prize in the Great Composers Competition: Music of America, in addition to his many other composition and performance prizes and recognition from ASCAP, SCI, MTNA, National Federation of Music Clubs, Webster Community Music School, and other nationally- and regionally-recognized music organizations and clubs. In addition, many of his works have been performed publicly around the world from groups such as Indaco String Quartet, fEARnoMUSIC, Portland’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Moore Philharmonic Orchestra, and many others. Guthrie graduated from TCU – Texas Christian University with his master’s under a teaching assistantship, where he studied composition, theory, and piano performance, and will begin his Doctor of Music at Florida State University in Fall 2017.
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