Parting by Dosia McKay – Will Tocaben, Baroque Lute

Will Tocaben performs Dosia McKay’s “Parting” for Baroque Lute. The score for a D-minor lute and an arrangement for guitar are available from

I composed Parting for Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in the summer of 2013. At that time it seemed that everywhere I turned, I saw relationships falling apart and close and distant friends going through breakups. I wanted to write a reflective piece expressing the sense of being pulled back and forth, the feeling of loss and uncertainty, with the final release and acceptance.

An here a little more about the challenges of composition, notation, interpretation, and performance:


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