14 MIGNONNETTES for solo guitar by Eugène den Hoed Muziekuitgeverij Iduna 0V. l4pp.
Continuing in his quest to write interesting contemporary guitar music for the lower-intermediate student, Dutch guitarist Eugène den Hoed has here produced a collection of short works aimed slightly below the technical standard he has been producing recently, this one geared more towards the grades 3-4 player. There are 14 pieces in total all given descriptive titles to capture the imagination of the player and are brief, individual, stand-alone works as opposed to his recent publications which were full-scale and relatively lengthy guitar compositions – a ‘Suite’ and a ‘Sonatina’ (Sonatina Ostinato), hommage à Leo Brouwer). With Mignonnettes den Hoed has kept to a more traditional method of composition with the majority of the pieces being tonal in character. A fairly comprehensive range of keys and rhythms are covered and for the standard Hoed is aiming at, these could provide a pleasant supplement in the student teaching material catalogue. Steve Marsh – Classical Guitar, october 2008