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Smuggling methods : Concertino for violin, bass, piano and percussion

by Catherine Likhuta (2009)

Smuggling methods


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Smuggling methods : Concertino for violin, bass, piano and percussion / Catherine Likhuta.

Library shelf no. 785.3814/LIK 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"Smuggling Methods was written for my good friend violinist Timothy Ball. When you hear the words "violin concertino", what are the first instrument pairings that come to your mind? I bet you wouldn't immediately think of African drums… Smuggling Methods combines violin and djembe, which are rarely seen/heard together, yet perfectly accentuate each other's expressive features. When you add double-bass, marimba, and piano to the mix, you end up with a daring, refreshingly reckless ensemble (which is exactly what inspired both the title and the musical ideas). Bass, piano and percussion, while having their own rather virtuosic parts, are also working together to create the perfect environment for violin to showcase its many different personalities: from lyrical to creepy, from dramatic to desperate, from sneaky to aggressively percussive" - Catherine Likhuta

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Violin, double bass, piano, marimba, bongos and djembe.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — rhythmically challenging but very rewarding; requires an adequate amount of rehearsal time

Dedication note: Dedicated to Timothy Ball (USA)

First performance: by Timothy Ball, Jane Lazarowic, Catherine Likhuta, Colleen Clark — 9 Apr 09. Ford Hall, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY, USA)

This piece showcases every instrument in the ensemble. It is especially loved by the bass players, as they are asked to use some fun techniques, such as banging on the strings, guitar-like waltz accompaniment, and hard rock-like double-stops.


Performances of this work

26 Aug 2016: at Ensemble Ardor (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring Ensemble Ardor.

9 Apr 09: Ford Hall, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY, USA). Featuring Timothy Ball, Jane Lazarowic, Catherine Likhuta, Colleen Clark.

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