Microtonal Scordatura in the Guitar Works of A. Castilla-Ávila (1996-2021)


  • Agustín Castilla-Ávila Instituto Katarina Gurska de Investigaciones Artí­sticas


Microtonality, Guitar, Scordatura


In 1996, during my guitar studies, I read for the first time about microtonal guitars. I was so fascinated about it. Trying to experiment to hear microtones in my instrument, I created a 36EDO scordatura system, which I have been using now for 25 years. In this article, I would like to present my ideas in a personal and biographical way about how I decided to create my 36-divisions system and to compose with it. I would also like to explain about the challenges and the decisions I took as a composer during this time.


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Biografia do Autor

Agustín Castilla-Ávila, Instituto Katarina Gurska de Investigaciones Artí­sticas

Agustí­n Castilla-Ávila, president of the International Ekmelic Music Society and director of the symposium Mikrotöne: Small is beautiful in Salzburg, worked as a composer in Europe, Asia and USA. His music has been conducted by D. Russell-Davies, J. Kalitzke, T. Ceccherini, A. Soriano, H. Lintu and H. Schellenberger among others. He has published for Doblinger Verlag, Joachin Trekel, Da Vinci Edition, Verlag Neue Musik, Mackingerverlag and Bergmann Edition. His music has been recorded on 15 CDs. He has given over one hundred lectures about his musical ideas through Europe, Asia, USA and Mexico. These ideas are published in Austria, Poland, France, Slovenia, USA and Brazil. http://www.castilla-avila.com/. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7975-1875. E-mail: castillaavila@hotmail.com


CASTILLA-ÁVILA, Agustí­n. Canto de Nezahualcóyotl. 2018 (Scores), for quarter-tone marimba and guitar.

_____. Cerises. 2018 (Score), for solo guitar.

_____. Cerises. William Anderson, Nowe Fale Festival of Contemporary Music in Gdansk, Poland. Retrieved from <https://youtu.be/_PKtkm-TfaE>. Accessed: 23rd October. 2021.

_____. Das klingt sehr mikrotonalisch. 2005 (Score), for two guitars.

_____. Das klingt sehr mikrotonalisch. Cecilio Perera and Emerson Salazar, Solitär Hall in Salzburg, Austria. Retrieved from <https://youtu.be/kH0i3DurLbk>. Accessed: 23rd October 2021.

_____. Das Lied Inannas. 2018 (Score), for trombone, one guitarist on two electric guitars and cembalo.

_____. Dos Sonetos. 2014 (Score), for mezzo-soprano and guitar.

_____. Hurrian Song. Verlag Neue Musik, 2020.

_____. Le Fay. 2015 (Score), for solo electric guitar.

_____. Le Fay. Pilar Rius, Manicomio Hall in Madrid, Spain. Retrieved from <https://youtu.be/dcujta5nq0c>. Accessed: 23rd October. 2021.

_____. Rubaiyats. 2008 (Score), for six guitars.

_____. Rubaiyats. Sara Hilger, Mariana Salgado, Barbara Giusto, Emerson Salazar, Pedro Izquierdo and Agustín Castilla-Ávila. Bösendorfer Hall in Salzburg, Austria. Retrieved from: <https://youtu.be/xjd-zEXorXo>. Accessed: 23rd October 2021.

_____. Sakura. 2012 (Score), for solo guitar.

_____. Solsticio Microtonal para Guitarra. 1996 (Score), for solo guitar.

_____. Tres Momentos Microtonales. Bergmann Edition, 2017.

_____. Tres Momentos Microtonales. Joseph Mirandilla, UST Museum in Manila, Philippines. Retrieved from: <https://youtu.be/sTl6U9LkWG0>. Accessed: 23rd October 2021.

_____. Tres Tristes Trí­os. 2012 (Score), for three guitars.

SCHNEIDER, John. Just Guitar. In Guitart International #6, April/June 2004; pp. 42–50.




Como Citar

Castilla-Ávila, A. (2021). Microtonal Scordatura in the Guitar Works of A. Castilla-Ávila (1996-2021). Revista Vórtex, 9(3). Recuperado de https://periodicos.unespar.edu.br/index.php/vortex/article/view/4642



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