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Invocation to dance : for solo violin

by John Spence (2013)

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Performance by Scott Taggart from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 67.

Library shelf no. CD 2734 [Available for loan]

Invocation to dance


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Invocation to dance : for solo violin / John Spence.

Library shelf no. 787.2/SPE 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Invocation to dance is a piece for solo violin. It is all about sudden and spontaneous passion. It is a fantasy for solo violin that is rich with melodic intensity. There is harmonic progression imbedded in the wide-ranging contour of the single line. It is characterised by sudden sforzando outbursts followed by lyrical responses. These contrasts evoke the ambiguity of mixed emotion and combined with the rhythmic accentuations that ensue, expressive and interpretive dance is not far away.

The piece was originally inspired by an Aboriginal dance that took place outside the Sydney Opera House on new years day 2013. I enjoyed the passion and drama in the way the dancers moved.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Violin.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — 8th Grade AMEB approx

Dedication note: Dedicated to Claire Crighton

First performance: by Claire Crighton — 3 Apr 13. Citadel Hall, Wollongong NSW

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:

Invocation to dance makes use of the Lydian mode. Influences include Debussy, Ravel, Copland, Carl Vine and Ross Edwards.

Performances of this work

3 Apr 13: Citadel Hall, Wollongong NSW. Featuring Claire Crighton.

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