solo viola


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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

Darkness Draws In

St Michael's Church (Discoed, Wales, United Kingdom)

Sarah Jane Bradley

Darkness Draws In

Holy Trinity Church (Blythburgh, Suffolk, United Kingdom)

Sarah-Jane Bradley

Darkness Draws In

6pm pre-concert talk with David Matthews

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre (London, United Kingdom)

Park Lane Group/Diana Mathews

Darkness Draws In


St James's Church, Piccadilly (London, United Kingdom)

Diana Mathews

Darkness Draws In

Wigmore Hall (London, United Kingdom)

David Kim