Nullifying an icon: Reginald Smith Brindle’s revision of Polifemo de Oro

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Abstract

Reginald Smith Brindle’s Polifemo de Oro is an epochal work in the guitar repertoire. Composed in 1956-57, it is among the earliest and most widely performed dodecaphonic pieces for solo guitar, reaching iconic status with its inclusion on Julian Bream’s groundbreaking 1967 recording “20th Century Guitar.” Unknown to many guitarists, Brindle published a revision in 1982 which, according to the score, “annuls all previous publications” of the work. Using set theory and other post-tonal analytical tools, this study provides a comparative analysis of these two versions and explores the unusual circumstances surrounding their publication, enabling guitarists to make informed decisions when approaching this important work for performance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2019
EventTHE GUITAR CENTURY (c. 1880-1980): Global Trends and Local Contexts - Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne , Australia
Duration: 2 Aug 20194 Aug 2019
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ConferenceTHE GUITAR CENTURY (c. 1880-1980): Global Trends and Local Contexts
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period2/08/194/08/19
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    Fitzgerald, J. (2019). Nullifying an icon: Reginald Smith Brindle’s revision of Polifemo de Oro. Paper presented at THE GUITAR CENTURY (c. 1880-1980): Global Trends and Local Contexts, Melbourne , Australia.