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Irish Breakfast : violin solo

by Christine Pan (2019)

Audio Sample

Performance by Jessica Walton from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 144.

Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 144.


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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 144.

Library shelf no. CD 3251 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Irish Breakfast is a mix of strong black Assam leaves. An Irish-jiglike melody is initially introduced and sits on the forefront of the sonic pallet. A freer, more virtuosic section based on Raga Bihag comes in and out of the spotlight with the use of extended techniques and changing placements of the bow. The Jiglike and Raga sections, although both has the tonal centre of E, the semitonal clash between F natural and F sharp between the two modes creates contrasting atmospheres. The blend of the icy sound of alto sul pont and harmonics is both haunting and beautiful.

Work Details

Year: 2019

Instrumentation: Violin.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — virtuosic contours of melody and harmony, careful timbral shifts between specific harmonics, delicate bow control

First performance: by Jessica Walton — 15 Nov 19. Sydney Conservatorium of Music Cafe, NSW

Performances of this work

23 Jan 2022: at Christine Pan: Tea Break (Moana Hall). Featuring Helena O’Sullivan.

22 Nov 21: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Recital Hall . Featuring Miranda Ilchef.

15 Nov 19: Sydney Conservatorium of Music Cafe, NSW . Featuring Jessica Walton.

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