The fourth track on the CD 'Virtuoso' is 'Canzone', an original Hill composition.
This piece was initially composed for two guitars, the central movement from 'Tre Esercizi', which has been performed many times.
Tre Esercizi is a formidable piece, especially the final movement, which Peter Wiltschinsky always introduced as, 'One of the most difficult pieces the duo plays!'
Robin certainly didn't make life easy for them.
Canzone was therfore the 'calm before the storm' of the final movement...
In fact the piece was inspired by the movement of waves, which is easily visualised with the ebb and flow of the opening phrases of the piece, and, is dedicated to Robin's friend, the Italian guitarist, composer and teacher, Mario Gangi.
Robin later arranged 'Canzone' for solo guitar and it has been very popular with audiences around the world ever since.
The original idea for Canzone was composed whilst on honeymoon in Antigua, sitting on the white sand beach, enjoying the peace and tranquility, as the warm water lapped at our feet.
Those were the days.....
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman