violin solo

Études I & II were commissioned by Sarah Hill, and first performed by her, at Cosmo Rodewald Hall, Manchester, on 19 March 2010. Études III & IV were commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, and first performed by Jonathan Morton, in their World Premiere Wednesdays series, at King’s Place, London, on 23 July 2014.

First Performance
19.3.2010 Cosmo Rodewald Hall, Manchester, UK: Sarah Hill

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Programme Notes

Études Nos. 1 & 2 (2010) Commissioned by Sarah Hill 1 – Glissandi – upwards, downwards and in contrary motion – evoke the sounds of jet engines, formula one cars and Jimi Hendrix’s performance of ‘Star Spangled Banner’. 2 – A cycle of quavers played pizzicato has its timings twisted and bent out of shape to become stuttering, rushed and erratic. Etudes 3 & 4 (2014) Commissioned by the London Sinfonietta 3 – This étude is obsessive, strident and dissonant – as loud, accented notes gradually become infected by chains of semiquavers. 4 – The most unusual of the four études – using a novel technique, the violinist sustains hushed three-note chords in a serene and meditative atmosphere.

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