Études for Solo Violin

Etudes 1 & 2 (2010)

1 – Glissandi – upwards, downwards and in contrary motion – evoke the sounds of jet engines, formula one cars and Jimi Hendrix’s performance of ‘Star Spangled Banner’.
2 – A cycle of quavers played pizzicato has its timings twisted and bent out of shape to become stuttering, rushed and erratic.

Etudes 3 & 4 (2014)

3 – This étude is obsessive, strident and dissonant – as loud, accented notes gradually become infected by chains of semiquavers.
4 – The most unusual of the four études – using a novel technique, the violinist sustains hushed three-note chords in a serene and meditative atmosphere.

Performances

19 Mar 2010 Sarah Hill
World premiere of Études 1 & 2
Cosmo Rodewald Hall, Manchester, UK
4 Jun 2010 Sarah Hill
Nos. 1 & 2 only
Cosmo Rodewald Hall, Manchester, UK
15 May 2011 Conway Kuo
No. 1 only
USA premiere
Vox Novus Fifteen Minutes of Fame, Jan Hus Church, New York, USA
1 Nov 2011 Daniel Mihai
No. 1 only
Romanian premiere
Vox Novus Tour, National College of Art ‘Regina Maria’, Constanta, Romania
3 Nov 2011 Daniel Mihai
No. 1 only
Vox Novus Tour, George Enescu University of Music, Bucharest, Romania
13 April 2013 Tom Norris
Nos. 1 & 2 only
LSO Aftershock, Barbican foyer, London, UK
23 Jul 2014 Jonathan Morton
World premiere of Études 3 & 4
London Sinfonietta‘s ‘World Premiere Wednesdays’ series, King’s Place, London, UK
14 Jun 2015 Jonathan Morton
Nos. 3 & 4 only
Aldeburgh Festival lunch, Aldeburgh, UK
9 Feb 2016 Jonathan Morton
Nos. 3 & 4 only (with film by Central Saint Martins students)
London Sinfonietta concert, Southwark Playhouse, London, UK
24 Jul 2016 Daniel Pioro
The Chapel Park Lane, Norwich, UK
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  • Instrumentation solo violin
  • Duration 8 mins
  • Year 2010/2014
  • Commission
    Études 1 & 2 written for Sarah Hill. Études 3 & 4 commissioned by London Sinfonietta
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