Offering of the Five Senses
by Nicolas Scherzinger
Duration: 10 minutes
for solo guitar
Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.
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Above performance is by Kenneth Meyer.
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Offering of the Five Senses (2006) is a series of five pieces or movements for solo guitar. Each movement is loosely based on one of the five qualities of enjoyment (or five senses) from Tibetan Buddhist practice. In order, the five symbols for the senses are mirror, representing sight which captures form, lute, representing a sweet sound that soothes the ears and delights the mind, incense, representing smell or pleasant fumes arising, fruit, representing sweet taste, and silk, representing smooth, cool touch. The titles of each movement are in the original Tibetan, me-long, pi-wang, spos-snod, shing-tog, and dar. What struck me about the senses listed in this order is the purely musical implication of the set, and though I initially began my work by trying to depict each sense, the piece is not intended to be programmatic, nor is it intended to be religious or spiritual in nature, though music often has its own spiritual power, and that is probably a topic for a dissertation. These five senses or qualities of enjoyment make a wonderful resource for musical setting, with the specific reference to a lute, and the symbolism of the number five. The piece has five movements, the interval of the 5th plays an important role throughout the piece, and much of the harmony is often based on five-note collections. In the second movement, I decided to quote a John Dowland lute song, “Mr. Dowland's Midnight,” for I could think of no one better to represent the sweet sound of this instrument.
This piece was composed in the summer of 2006 for guitarist Kenneth Meyer, and the piece is dedicated to him with much admiration and thanks. I would also like to thank the Barlow Endowment for their generous support through a 2005 commission.