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The title of this work Convergence, occurred to me only after it was complete and it relates primarily to the second movement, which opens with a prelude that introduces somewhat pointillistic musical elements that eventually "converge" into a Passacaglia.
There are three main sections in this work. The first two could be described as "movements" and the third a reprise of the Fantasy but substantially altered. Much of this piece is composed using a system of note clusters in a somewhat tonal environment, but Passacaglia inhabits more familiar territory.
The two cadenzas in this work are for the solo strings, the cello cadenza is in the first movement and the violin's is at the end of the Passacaglia. It seemed unnecessary and perhaps arbitrary to write a piano cadenza - there being a number of occasions where the piano has fairly virtuosic solo passages.
Commissioned by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists and Opus Orchestra
for the New Zealand Chamber Soloists and Opus Orchestra
- Fantasy; 2. Prelude and Passacaglia; 3. Reprise
13 Sep 2008: Connections 2008
14 Sep 2008: Connections 2008
27 May 2009: 'Bang on a Can' fundraiser
02 May 2010: 18th NZSO-SOUNZ Readings
Performed by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists, Lara Hall (violin), Katherine Austin (piano) and James Tennant (cello) with Opus Orchestra conducted by Peter Walls