Twelve Different Moods

TWELVE DIFFERENT MOODS by Eugène den Hoed Muziekuitgeverij Iduna V.O.F. 16pp. Here is another book from this fine Dutch composer whose 12 Evocations so impressed me recently. Here his little pieces are aimed squarely at the lesser grades, these being graded 3—4. Each little piece is one page in length and they do vary considerably from the slightly enigmatic Breeze on the Water whose mostly quaver movement manages to be sad and restless at the same time to Another Drunken Sailor, which sounds like a sea shanty. On the other hand we have A Fancy, which is quasi-Elizabethan in style, or A Story Without Words which goes almost pictorially through a number of contrasting moods. Noisy Traffic speaks for itself with its semitonal clashes imitating car horns, whereas Latin Holidays has a certain amount of offbeat accents and would help the less able players to understand how to approach this style of music. I found this little set very useful, quite fun and well-written for the guitar. Any interested parties should have no hesitation in given it a chance. Chris Dumigan – Classical Guitar, march 2007