Three Studies


solo violin
Commissioned by the Carl Flesch International Competition with fundsfrom the Arts Council of Great Britain, for the 1986competition
First Performance
10.7.86, Carl Flesch Competition, London, UK

Score 0-571-50930-4 on sale

Programme Notes

Three Studies for solo violin, op.39 1. Andante appassionato 2. Vivo e fantastico 3. Lento - Allegro I wrote Three Studies in September 1985 as the contemporary set work for Stage 1 of the 1986 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. The first study is lyrical and intense, exploring the dramatic possibilities of the violin's higher register. The bold opening statement juxtaposes the note A in four different octaves. In the second, a scherzo, the light and whimsical opening theme in constantly changing time signatures alternates with a chordal idea based on the folksong ‘The Two Ravens’. The study reaches its climax in the central section with fortissimo chordal writing and arpeggio figuration. A pianissimo, mostly tremolo bridge-passage leads to a recapitulation of the main themes, presented in reverse order. The third study's slow introduction emerges gradually from a barely audible ppp with hesitant, crying glissandi fragments. The dynamics and melodic contour both steadily intensify. The allegro section is a moto perpetuo: the constant semiquaver rhythm is punctuated with fortepianos and accents.

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'…robustly lyrical and inventive pieces that really bring out a performer’s personality' Musicweb (Richard Whitehouse & Peter Grahame Woolf), January 2001 Read more

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