“Ghouls au Gratin” is the second solo classical guitar piece in the “Ghouls” series. Perversity only knows how many there will be. These pieces are NOT to be confused with any of my other sinister series, that pay tribute to Fiends (not friends) and other horrible beasts of the night and to the marvelous influences, much to many’s dismay and chagrin, they have had on my person and my composing.
“Ghouls au Gratin” is a strutting-slinky dance which begins in A Phrygian/D harmonic minor, modulates to A harmonic minor at m. 6, and modulates once more to E harmonic minor at m. 10. It then takes a horribly tortuous path back to a D tonal center at m. 26 and ends at the secondary dominant of D at m. 28 leading back to the main theme in A Phrygian. Oddly, the coda is in A harmonic minor.
Rhythmically, the slinky dance ends at m. 12 and gives way to a 7/8 Eastern European nancing about-type figure. The eight bars of 7/8 feature two interlocking octatonic sets, one modulating to the next before a rhythmic modulation to 6/8, then 4/4.
The “Ghouls” pieces share little thematic material yet make the same sinister and haunting aura about them. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this piece as well as the other “Ghouls” pieces.