Robert Helps, Chamber tour

Chamber Music by Robert Helps

A Mixture of Time (1990) [for guitar & piano]

This limpid, memory-infused work should be a cause of celebration for guitarists the world over. Helps‘ treatment of the rare timbral combination of guitar with piano recalls all those poetic references to fire & ice since the Renaissance… Helps‘ work delicately surrounds a vestige-quotation of J.S. Bach like a crystal reliquary guarding the moldy finger of a forbiddingly important, but forgotten saint.

Duration: 8 minutes

A Mixture of Time is dedicated to A. Holzman and Helps‘ “other friends and relatives of the guitar: M. Lorimer, D. Lorimer, & J. Parris”

The quotation (transposed from original source) Manuscript fascimile, pg. 7