Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and Pierre Boulez have long been in my group of compositional heroes. Not that I have always understood or accepted what they were doing but rather because they opened new vistas of compositional processes.
Stockhausen in particular offered composers new ideas about the way music is structured. His ‘moment’ forms made a deep impression and his early electronic music pieces Gesang der Jünglinge and Kontakte blazed new pathways. They are classics in the music of the twentieth century.
Adieu KS for solo vioklin is my musical way of offering a deep sense of gratitude to Karlheinz Stockhausen. This short hommage nods in the directly of Stockhausen’s early Sonatina for violin and piano and utilises a sequence of pitches from this work. Fragments contrast with continuity, melody with violinistic sounds and movement with stasis.
This short elegy was written for my friend and fellow composer Gerard Crotty who died of cancer in 1988 at the age of 30. I dedicate it to his memory. The work has been recorded by Alexander Ivashkin on two CDs: Chaos of delight: music by Eve de Castro-Robinson, Atoll CD9806, and Under the Southern Cross: works for cello, Ode Manu 1543/4