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Dryad's dance : violin with piano

by Miriam Hyde (1936)

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Performance by Asmira Woodward-Page, Scott Davie from the CD Australian album

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The Australian album / Asmira Woodward-Page, violin, Scott Davie, piano.

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Work Overview

This piece was composed at the request of Arved Kurtz, a violinist on the staff of the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, shortly after the composer returned from studies in
London. The first performance was given by Kurtz in the Adelaide Town Hall on 3rd June 1936.
Miriam Hyde adapted Dryad's Dance for flute in 1957.

Composer's Note:
A dryad, mentioned in English poetry, is a mythical being, a nymph inhabiting trees. There is an element of fantasy about this piece, with lively semiquaver movement for the solo instrument, while the accompaniment features off-beat chords and piquant staccato quavers, though occasionally imitating the initial semiquaver theme

Work Details

Year: 1936

Instrumentation: Violin, piano.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 7.

Dedication note: To Arved Kurtz.

First performance: by Arved Kurtz — 3 Jun 36. Town Hall, Adelaide

Written at the request of Arved Kurtz, Professor of Violin, Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide.

Performances of this work

1 Aug 2016: at Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 2 (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Bridget Bolliger, Andrew West.

3 Jun 36: Town Hall, Adelaide. Featuring Arved Kurtz.

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