Partita for Solo Violin : violin solo
by David Hush (2019)
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Commissioned by the Royal Society of NSW for a Lecture/Recital "The Magic of Solo Violin" delivered at the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts 27 February 2020.
The piece could be regarded as a prism which refracts different aspects of East European music, with a leaning towards the Jewish.
Unlike Bach's solo violin partitas, the work I have written does not comprise a succession of dance-movements.
Instead, I have chosen the term Partita as a generic title for a multi-movement composition spanning a wide spectrum of emotions and moods.
The first two movements, in being strongly imbued with Yiddishkeit (bearing an audible connection to the Jewish musical tradition) are to be played with passion.
The third movement is not dissimilar in feel to the Courante of Bach's Solo Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor.
For the most part, the final movement is classical/romantic.
The Jewish influence returns in the long dotted chords towards the end (bars 82 - 90).
The movement ends on a note of triumph with ascending scales leading to the final tonic chord.
Duration: 13 min.
Contents note: In four movements.
Commission note: Commissioned by the Royal Society of NSW.
First performance: by Anna da Silva Chen — 27 Feb 20. Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts
Performances of this work
27 Feb 20: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts. Featuring Anna da Silva Chen.
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