Marzipan by DAVID BRUCE
Listening through to the 24 Paganini Caprices, one of the things that struck me was how consistently strident they are in tone. There is plenty to enjoy in their virtuosic displays of course, but might it not be possible, I thought, to offer such a display in a gentler, sweeter way?
'Marzipan' a 'small, sweet gift to Jennifer Koh' attempts to do just that, and does so from the outset with what I consider a quite radical move for a virtuoso show piece an instruction to play 'con sordino' throughout. Much of the piece is also marked piano, but with rhythmic sforzandi marking a folklike dance rhythm. One of the main areas this studylike piece explores is the very fast bowing effect found in Irish fiddle music.
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for Solo Violin
Duration 3 mins
Composed Feb-Mar 2016
First performance NYPhil Biennial, National Sawdust NYC, 24 May 2016
Commissioned by Jennifer Koh
- May 24 2016
National Sawdust, NYC (Jennifer Koh - NY Phil Biennial) (World Premiere)
- Jul 29 2016
Santa Fe Chamber Music (Jennifer Koh)
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