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Variations on a Theme from "At the Hawk's Well"

for violin, cello and piano

Year:  2002   ·  Duration:  9m

Year:  2002
Duration:  9m

Nigel Keay

Composer:   Nigel Keay

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Sample Audio

Sample: Variations on a theme from "At the Hawk's Well": 0'00" - 1'00"

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-8

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This work is based on material from the opera At the Hawk's Well, specifically, the tonal thematic material associated with the Young Man which also appears later in the Dance Music. Constructed in an arch-form, both the violin and the cello share a dialogue based on a strong lyrical melody. On the idea of variation, is not so much employed in the classical sense as the principal melody stays constant, the variation occurs in the accompanying texture throughout the piece. In the outer sections the melody is presented in a somewhat exuberant manner by the violin in contrast to the cello where it is more subdued.

Commissioned note

The opera "At the Hawk's Well" from which the theme for this work derives, was commissioned 10 years earlier by the Nelson School of Music with assistance from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand (now Creative New Zealand).

Contents note

One movement

Performance history

Performed by Anastasiya Filippochkina (violin), Gabriel Casalis (cello) and Debra Takakjian (piano).