Guitarchestra No.10 has been recently completed and, once announced on social media, quickly sparked interest amongst guitar educators who lead guitar orchestras - particularly in the USA. No.10 (subtitled 'Festive') will be premiered at the Guitar Foundation of America Convention by the GFA Youth Guitar Ensemble - which, since 2016, has become the trademark opening for the convention.
Why is it subtitled 'Festive'? here's my explanation:-
My favourite symphonic writer is Joseph Haydn who wrote a cluster of symphonies knicknamed 'Paris Symphonies' .
Haydn occassionally wrote symphonies that purposefully fitted festive events and he always chose the same keys - C and G major - for his festive symphonies. Guitarchestra No.10 is in G major. Additionally, during the closing stages of writing No.10, a tragic fire occurred that destroyed large portions of the Notre Dame Cathedral in France, hence the 'Paris Symphonies' reference suddenly took on a more significant meaning to me and I've included a short quote form the French National Anthem ("La Marseillaise") in the CODA of my piece in respect.