Darkness Draws In


by David Matthews

solo viola
solo viola
First Performance
August 2006: The Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Erin Arts Centre, Isle of Man: Competition candidates

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Programme Notes
Darkness Draws In was written as the test piece for the 2006 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. It is a set of variations on the Manx song 'Arrane Oie Vie' ('Goodnight Song'), often sung on the Isle on Man at close of day. The song appears only at the end: it is preceded by four variations in different tempi, followed by a return to the opening variation which acts as a link to the twice-repeated statement of the song. The piece is dedicated to Sarah-Jane Bradley. David Matthews

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