Alan Schmitz composer
Todd Seelye guitar
LYRIC IMAGES is a collection of guitar pieces written by composer Alan Schmitz over a period of 25 years (1977 to 2002). The works (presented here in reverse chronological order) display a variety of styles and include tonal variations, atonal-intervallic writing, and 12-tone techniques. The use of such different approaches, sometimes in the same piece, is indicative of what has developed in the works of many artists (musical, visual, poetic, dance) during the second half of the 20th century. Schmitz's guitar music is emblematic of this development, with the earlier pieces containing strict constructs using intervallic and dissonant approaches, which over the years further develops through dissonant and harmonious 12-tone pieces, ending with the 12-tone/folk-melody mash-up of the concerto. The driving force behind this album is the feeling that art, no matter which techniques are used or combined in its creation, should be accessible to both the layperson and the connoisseur.