Cattywampus Rompus (Texas Tarantella) for guitar quartet

Wampus coverCattywampus (adj.): awry, askew, off-kilter. Rompus (n.): fake Latin for “romp” (frolic, play, prance).  This work is a modern take on the classic tarantella, with an eclectic array of allusions to several musical styles.  Energetic, humorous, yearning, and intense, this Tarantella is meant to be for guitar quartet what Mertz’ and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s great works in the genre are for solo guitar reperoire.

Winner of the Japan Guitar Ensemble Association Composition Competition.  Premiered by Quattro Palos quartet in Tokyo, Japan.