Solo guitar [10']
Premiered by Geoffrey Morris
This work was formulated around the poem Milonga de dos hermanos by Argentinan poet Jorge Luis Borges. The poem is a modern revisitation of the Cain and Abel story, wherein the Iberra brothers in the Costa Brava — a pair of prize knifefighters (cuchilleros) — finish in a murderous spat of fratricide. The opening line “Traiga cuentos la guitarra” translates as “The guitar tells us tales”; in this is a clear moment of truth about music and its storytelling function. All music has something to tell us, if we want to listen to it.