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Blue Work


for solo violin

Year:  1996   ·  Duration:  14m

Year:  1996
Duration:  14m

Composer:   Lyell Cresswell

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Lyell Cresswell: Burla; video

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Programme note

'Whiria' is Māori for violin, or fiddle. These seven pieces were written over a period of three or four years for more or less personal reasons. The intention, however, was always to put them together to form one substantial work. There are, therefore, a number of cross-references and some ideas are developed from piece to piece. Although there are seven pieces, the overall shape is in five parts: numbers 3,4 and 5 form a lighter middle section to the whole work.

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Performance history

09 Jan 2007: Solo violin concert

13 Jan 2007: Solo violin concert

13 Nov 2015: Performed by Martin Riseley (violin) at the Remembering Lilburn concert, Adam Concert Room, Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Wellington

Performed by Daniel Bell (violin)