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Or, maybe, yesterday : for solo violin

by Cyrus Meurant (2020)

Or, maybe, yesterday


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Or, maybe, yesterday : for solo violin / Cyrus Meurant.

Library shelf no. 787.2/MEU 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In this new work for solo violin, I have tended towards presenting my musical ideas in a somewhat fragmentary way. Just as the act of 'remembering' is increasingly challenged with the passing of time, our sense of time and self can become increasingly elusive whilst in 'lockdown'.

The title Or, maybe, yesterday is taken from the opening lines of Albert Camus' novel L'√Čtranger (The Outsider or The Stranger). I had initially looked at Camus' The Plague (La Peste) for inspiration, though felt these opening lines (written in 1942) conveyed the feelings of malaise many of us have found ourselves in recently.

It's also 300 years since Bach compiled his 'Sonatas and Partitas' for solo violin, so there are echoes of those works here.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Violin.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for the Australian Miniseries (online)


Resonate article: The Crossing of a Sea - composing before and during COVID-19 by Cyrus Meurant


Or, maybe, yesterday

Performances of this work

14 Aug 20: live streaming event - online only. Featuring Lucy Macourt.

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