Fanitullen was written for the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition. It was partly inspired by Scandinavian folk-fiddle playing and Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale. It is said that ‘fanitullen’ (the devil’s tune) was first played by the devil himself who appeared, hooves and all, at a village dance. He grabbed the fiddle and began playing a tune so wonderful that the gathered people continued dancing until they died from exhaustion – and then their corpses continued dancing until their skulls rolled out of the door and down the hill!
Written as the competition piece for the 2007 Michael Hill Violin Competition as part of the composer's Auckland Philharmonia Residency 2005-2006.
In the second Semi-Final Round of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition the 18 remaining competitiors each performed four pieces. Included was this solo work commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra from their 2006 Composer in Residence Ross Harris. Venue: Queenstown Memorial Hall