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Stephen Matthews: Dance of ...Embedded audio
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The title refers to the seemingly insurmountable challenge faced by the fallen, the struggle to gather sufficient strength to rise up and overcome that which strives to extinguish their spirit.
The piece opens with a statement in unison of the high spirited principal theme. A series of energetic gestural statements follow, interspersed with brief moments of calm. Momentum builds and wide melodic leaps highlight the instruments contrasting tonal colour. Suddenly strident pulsed accompaniment figures in the strings interrupt, the piano quickly joining in adding an insistent angular melody reminiscent of the opening theme. This dissipates and the slower middle section begins – an emotive pas de deux between the strings, the violin for the most part leading. At the end of the duet the solo violin line is abruptly interrupted by a return to the previous strident propulsive section. All three instruments now join forces and rush onwards to the finish.
Commissioned by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists
single movement divided into four distinct contrasting sections