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Offering of the Five Senses

(2006)

by Nicolas Scherzinger

Duration: 10 minutes

for solo guitar

Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.
Composed for and dedicated to Kenneth Meyer.

 


AUDIO FILES

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Offering of the Five Senses, for guitar (No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 & No. 5)
(Click on right/left arrows to advance to different movements)

Offering of the Five Senses, for Guitar

 

Alternatively, to download as an mp3, right-click on the files below to save to your computer:
Offering_of_the_Five_Senses_ 1._me_long_(mirror).mp3 (mp3 audio file DOWNLOAD) - excerpt (end of file clipped off)*
Offering_of_the_Five_Senses_ 2._pi_wang_(lute).mp3 (mp3 audio file DOWNLOAD) - excerpt (end of file clipped off)*
Offering_of_the_Five_Senses_ 3._spos_snod_(incense).mp3 (mp3 audio file DOWNLOAD) - excerpt (end of file clipped off)*
Offering_of_the_Five_Senses_ 4._shing_tod_(fruit).mp3 (mp3 audio file DOWNLOAD) - excerpt (end of file clipped off)*
Offering_of_the_Five_Senses_ 5._dar_(silk).mp3 (mp3 audio filec DOWNLOAD) - excerpt (end of file clipped off)*

Above performance is by Kenneth Meyer.

* The audio files on this page are purposefully incomplete. This is for respect of the professional CD recording that will shortly be made available, by Kenneth Meyer. If you enjoy the excerpts above, please show your support by purchasing a copy of the recording.

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MUSIC - download a PDF copy

Click here (Full Score) to download a copy of the published score.

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MUSIC (SCORE and PARTS) - order a hardcopy

To order a hard copy of the music, please contact Nicolas Scherzinger directly (email below). A paypal option to order hard copies of music will be available soon (2012).

Send an email to Nicolas Scherzinger directly, with the title of the piece you would like to order.
email - Nicolas@ScherziMusic.com

NOTE: whether you download a copy of the score, or order a hardcopy, if you decide to perform the piece in public, please let me know about it via email, or even send me a program.
Thank you, Nicolas

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PROGRAM NOTE

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.


Nicolas Scherzinger, Syracuse, NY, 2006