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Nadir : for violin and harpsichord

by Ann Carr-Boyd (1973)

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Performance by Diana Weston, Tara Hashambuoy from the CD Flying west



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Nadir : for violin and harpsichord / Ann Carr-Boyd.

Library shelf no. 787.2/CAR 7 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

The title Nadir is used in its astronomical sense; Nadir represents the lowest point reached by a celestial body during its apparent orbit around a given point of observation. The opposite of nadir is the zenith.

The composer writes: this work comes from a period in which 12-tone and atonal music exerted a strong influence on classical contemporary music. I was eager to explore the different tone worlds emerging at the time, but was never completely won over to atonal music, as is evident from the present work, in which tonality and atonality both make an appearance. Harpsichordist Diana Weston, who in 2014 made the first recording of Nadir together with Tara Hashambuoy, violin, says in a wonderfully descriptive way: I see this piece a bit along the lines of Charles Ives. Two people walking side by side each with their own thoughts and observations but not really holding a conversation, neither subservient - until the last section where they do a slow interrupted waltz in the park together, just because they like each other and are happy to be themselves in each other's company.

Work Details

Year: 1973

Instrumentation: Violin, harpsichord.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Robert Goode, Mary Nemet.

Performances of this work

10 May 2015: at Flying West (The Rose Room). Featuring Thoroughbass.

9 May 2015: at Flying West (Wesley Music Centre). Featuring Thoroughbass.

19 Apr 2015: at Flying West (Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre). Featuring Thoroughbass.

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