Prelude and White cockatoo spirit dance : for solo violin
by Ross Edwards (1994, this version: 1998)
Also known as: Enyato II
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The Australian violist Patricia Pollett asked me to write her a
solo piece when we were both in residence at the Mount Buller
Summer School for Strings in 1990. Four years later I completed
Enyato II, dedicated
to Patricia, who gave the first performance at a Perihelion concert in Brisbane in 1994. I later replaced the title Enyato II (enyato means simply 'contrast') with the more evocative Prelude and White Cockatoo
Spirit Dance. Originally for viola, I later made transposed versions for violin and cello.
The two movements are vastly dissimilar: the Prelude an expressive adagio; the Dance, an energetic maninya (dance/chant), whose characteristic shapes and patterns have been distilled from the natural environment. This movement may be performed on its own as White Cockatoo Spirit Dance.
Year: 1994, this version: 1998
Duration: 9 min.
Contents note: I. Prelude -- II. White cockatoo spirit dance.
First performance: by Chris Latham — 1999. Sydney Opera House
Previously titled 'Enyato II'. Part of the Enyato series.
'White cockatoo spirit dance' transcribed for violin in 1998.
Program note: Ross Edwards's "Enyato II"
by Ross Edwards
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Performances of this work
1999: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Chris Latham.
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