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Violin Concerto

for violin and large ensemble

Year:  2016 Instrumentation:  2*2*2*1; 1000; cel; strings (2 2 2 2) - opt. conductor

Year:  2016
Instrumentation  2*2*2*1; 1000; cel; strings...

Composer:   Chris Gendall

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This concerto takes as its musical material an analysis of some fragments from disco songs, the most extreme colours of which are then isolated, extrapolated from and distorted in the resulting orchestration. First, in “Recto-Verso”, the harmonic content finds itself being swept backwards and forwards in sonic development. Then in “Chanter” the material is treated as a static object, with soloist and ensemble synthesising the mechanism used in bagpipe playing: where fast melodic figuration is necessary to move and break an otherwise continuous flow of sound.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Mark Menzies and composed while in residence as Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago

Dedication note

Dedicated to Mark Menzies

Contents note

Two uninterrupted movements:

I. Recto-Verso
II. Chanter