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Caprice : for solo violin

by Wendy Hiscocks (1990)



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Caprice : solo violin / Wendy Hiscocks.

Library shelf no. 787.2/HIS 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Caprice was composed within a space of two weeks in response to a Guildhall School of Music & Drama student's request to include a world première performance for a Diploma recital; it was the first time I had written for the instrument. The seed of inspiration was a close up photo on a postcard of a small bird in flight.
The music is composed in three sections; the outer parts flow with the currents of air and a sense of poise and free fall is required of the performer. It is not meant to be strictly in time and must breath with due attention to subtle dynamics but nor is it meant to be unrhythmic with overly fluctuating changes of tempo. The middle section is a dance with plenty of lift and an expression of pure joy.

Work Details

Year: 1990

Instrumentation: Violin.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Grade 8

Dedication note: For Carolyn Lam

First performance: by Anna McDonald — 9 Jul 90. London

Performances of this work

2 Sep 2018: at Hiscocks and Mo (Gerringong Town Hall). Featuring Philippa Mo.

19 Aug 2018: at Hiscocks and Mo (St Jude's, Bowral). Featuring Philippa Mo.

1 Aug 2010: at Jamaican rumba (Jupiters Townsville). Featuring Sophie Rowell.

9 Jul 90: London. Featuring Anna McDonald.

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