The five movements of my suite are arrangements for violin and piano of various occasional pieces of mine composed between 1996 and 2002. The final movement is subtitled Snow Flurry as the original upon which it is based was written during an early winter snow storm in Toronto in November, 2002.
Dialogue V for violin and piano was commissioned by Miranda Adams and Ingrid Wahlberg for performance in the Auckland Chamber Music Society Concert Series in the Sky City Theatre, May 1997. Subsequent performances have included one by Miranda Adams and Tatiana Lanchtchikova in the International Festival of the Arts in Wellington.
These are pieces for dreaming and contemplative enjoyment, so I simply state the titles as suggestions and leave the rest to the imagination: my images need not be those of the listener.
“kontinuum 2” is the second in a series of pieces that share compositional techniques and even a small amount of specific material. As with “kontinuum 1”, for saxophone quartet, the notion of “form as a product of growth” was central to the process of composing “kontinuum 2”. A network of interrelated material is evolved from a single cell and it is the subsequent linking, overlapping and extending of this material that generates the piece’s final form.
“kontinuum 2” was composed for, and is dedicated to, Slovene violinst Branko Brezavscek.
Meditation was commissioned by Tessa Petersen and John Van Buskirk for performance in a concert celebrating the opening of the Chinese Gardens in Dunedin, New Zealand, 2008. The piece takes an ancient Chinese poem as its point of departure, a text that focuses on Nature and its relationship to humans. The music spontaneously expresses thoughts of Nature and beauty, using simple ideas based around modes, repeated ostinati, and a mixture of long melodic lines and shorter motifs. Various timbres on both instruments are explored, and the pianist plays on the strings of the instrument with mallets at the beginning and end of the piece. The piece is structured in 3 main sections: slow-faster-slow, and all sections are played without a break.