An original composition for 10-string guitar by Franco-British minimalist Bob Dickinson, written for, revised and performed by Viktor van Niekerk. PLEASE LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES OR EXTERNAL SPEAKERS IF POSSIBLE.
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About the performer, Viktor van Niekerk:
"I was impressed by the strength and richness he played with, he is a great artist who knows how to play with the colors of sound with great mastery." (Amalia Ramirez, Guitarras Jose Ramirez, 2013)
"an exceedingly gifted, sensitive and intelligent musician, artist and ... an extremely talented and promising scholar who has been conducting valuable research in all the disciplines of his specialisations. This very talented young man has undoubtedly a promising future in his field and deserves as much support as possible from wherever he can receive it." (G. F. Messner, PhD and Lecturer in Musicology [University of Vienna], 2011)
"a conscious artist, with a total understanding of the ten-string guitar as envisioned by Narciso Yepes." (Fritz Buss, alumnus and teaching assistant of Narciso Yepes, 2007)
"a water colour-like transparent palette...His dedication to the 10-string guitar runs parallel to the great Narciso Yepes." (Charl Lamprecht, guitar lecturer, University of Pretoria, 2013)
"He has a great technique and full command of the ten-string guitar. Still, he does not fall into the trap of using music to serve technique, but uses technique to serve music." (Fritz Buss, 2012)
"I am convinced that Mr Van Niekerk will...make a strong contribution not only to the academic community but also to broader society".
(Prof. Mike Marais, literary theorist, 2005)
"Viktor van Niekerk demonstrated an orchestral array of sounds on the formidable 10 string guitar; playing many of his own transcriptions for the instrument" (What's On in Cape Town, 5 May 2013).
"When his fingers glide across the ten strings, it is with the same finesse and flair as an Olympic athlete in action." (Rapport, [South African Sunday paper] 5 Sep. 2008, p. 3.)
"[The] recital in Pretoria was amazing! It was a divine experience and it felt as if you transported my spirit to heaven through your music!" (Tronel Hellberg, guitarist, 2008)
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About the modern 10-string guitar as designed by Yepes: tenstringguitar.INFO
Standard tuning of the Yepes 10-string guitar (afinación estándar de la guitarra 10 cuerdas de Yepes):
7=C2 [lowest string / la más baja]
8=A#2 / Bb2
9=G#2 / Ab2
10=F#2 / Gb2
Title art credit: detail from "Isolde" by Gaston Bussière, 1911.