Diary of a Seducer – Guitar Music of Martin, Wuorinen, Babbitt and Carter
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR838     Release Date: 2007-01-01
William Anderson, guitar; Oren Fader, guitar; Mark Delpriora, guitar; Joan Forsyth, piano

A hand speaks. The guitar gives that hand a voice, a mode of speech, and so makes possible a kind of sign language for the hearing. Robert Martin's Diary of a Seducer is a sequence of statements delivered by one or more of these speaking hands.

The title of the work is taken from that of a painting by Arshile Gorky, but Martin's interest was apparently not so much in the subject matter of that particular picture as in the general notion of what gives an abstract image wholeness and presence. How can the speaking hand be felt to have said something meaningful, to have said it completely, and to have said nothing redundant along the way? Here are thirty-six answers to that question.

This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

William Anderson

Diary of a Seducer – Guitar Music of Martin, Wuorinen, Babbitt and Carter

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Track Listing

Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos – No. 1 (Sonoro, ♩ = 40)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 2 (Lontano, ♩ = 48)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 3 (Misterioso, ♩ = 54)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 4 (Timoroso, ♩ = 76 or slower)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 5 (Festoso, ♪ = 104)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 6 (Appassionato, ♩ = 56)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 7 (Andante, ♩ = 84)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 8 (Caloroso, ♩ = 108)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 9 (Animoso, dotted ♩ = 126)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 10 (Deciso, ♩ = 144)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 11 (Innocentemente, ♪ = 160)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 12 (Tranquillo, ♩ = 58)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 13 (Cantabile, ♩ = 96)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 14 (Affettuoso, ♩ = 112)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume I: Guitar Solos - No. 15 (Velato, ♩ = 42)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 16 (Semplice, ♩ = 60)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 17 (Serioso, ♩ = 69)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 18 (Doloroso, ♩ = 88)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 19 (Espressivo, ♩ = 63)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 20 (Dolce, ♪ = 80)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 21 (Elevato, ♩ = 66)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 22 (Pesante, ♩ = 92)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 23 (Delicato, ♩ = 116)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 24 (Grazioso, ♩ = 44)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 25 (Leggiero, ♩ = 72)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 26 (Drammatico, ♩ = 46)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 27 (Declamando, ♩ = 50)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 28 (Lamentoso, ♪ = 100)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 29 (Fuocoso, ♪ = 132)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume II: Guitar Duos - No. 30 (Mesto, ♪ = 120)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume III: Guitar Trios - No. 31 (Mormoroso, ♩ = 152)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume III: Guitar Trios - No. 32 (Poco precipitato, ♩ = 52)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume III: Guitar Trios - No. 33 (Risoluto, ♩ = 84)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume III: Guitar Trios - No. 34 (Agitato, ♩ = 138)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume III: Guitar Trios - No. 35 (Tempestuoso, ♩ = 88)
Robert Martin
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Diary of a Seducer, Volume III: Guitar Trios - No. 36 (Sempre stringendo, ♩ = ca. 184)
Robert Martin
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Sonata for Guitar & Piano
Charles Wuorinen
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Sheer Pluck for solo guitar (aka Composition for Guitar)
Milton Babbitt
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Changes for solo guitar
Elliott Carter
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