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Bright Silence

for solo violin

Year:  2000   ·  Duration:  8m

Year:  2000
Duration:  8m

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Bright Silence, for solo violin, is an evocation of Central Otago, the high plateau between the Southern Alps and the coastal plains in the South Island of New Zealand. The area is treeless, rocky, sparsely populated, and the piece reflects the sounds, silences and ghosts of the area.

Bright Silence was written while Gillian Whitehead was Composer-in-Residence with the Auckland Philharmonia, as the solo violin competition piece for the inaugural Michael Hill World Violin Competition (now the Michael Hill International Violin Competition) held at Queenstown, New Zealand, where it received its first eighteen performances in June 2001. The piece is dedicated to Michael Hill.

Commissioned note

Written as the competition piece for the 2001 Michael Hill World Violin Competition while Gillian Whitehead was composer-in-residence for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Dedication note

to Michael Hill

Performance history

14 Mar 2002: Performed by Douglas Beilman at Ilott Theatre in Wellington

Performed by Zhang Ahang

Performed by Cornelius Dufalo

Performed by Bart Vandenbogaerde

Performed by Dale Barltrop

Performed by Janet Sung

Performed by Alexandra Osborne

Performed by Joseph Lin

Various composers: Cassette

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