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Linn Linnaeus : duet for violin and guitar

by Marian Budos (2007)

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Performance by John Couch, Judith Hickel from the CD Ask me tomorrow

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Work Overview

Linn Linnaeus was written to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern plant and animal classification. The commission came from violinist Judith Hickel and guitarist John Couch, who were asked by the Swedish Embassy in Canberra to prepare a programme of music for the opening of the Linnaeus Garden at the festival of flowers, Floriade in Canberra in September 2007.

The concert programme was titled 'The Four Seasons of Sweden'. This became the structure of this piece: four movements, each representing one season of Linnaeus's life.

This is a contemporary composition full of driving rhythms and modulating harmonies and melodies interwoven with slow reflective melancholic passages

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Violin, classical guitar.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Rhythmically intricate 1st and 4th movement, very fast 2nd movement, quite easy lyrical 3rd movement

Contents note: 1. Poet or Botanist? (Spring) -- 2.Trip To Lapland (Summer) -- 3.Gardens of Uppsala (Autumn) -- 4. Raindrops in the Cathedral (Winter).

Commission note: Commissioned by John Couch, Judith Hickel.

First performance: by Judith Hickel, John Couch — 27 Sep 07. Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, ACT

Performances of this work

11 Sep 10: The Independent, 269 Miller St. Featuring Judith Hickel, John Couch.

9 Sep 10: Wesley Music Centre, Canberra. Featuring John Couch, Judith Hickel.

12 Feb 10: Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT. Featuring Judith Hickel, John Couch.

7 Dec 08: Pestalozzisaal, Biberach, Germany. Featuring John Couch, Judith Hickel.

5 Dec 08: Freie Evangelische Gemeinde, Heidelberg, Germany. Featuring Judith Hickel, John Couch.

28 Nov 08: Jugendmusikschule, Bruhl ,Germany. Featuring Judith Hickel, John Couch.

27 Sep 07: Wesley Music Centre, Forrest, ACT. Featuring Judith Hickel, John Couch.

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