By Anna Pidgorna | For Violin and Piano | 7′
Title: A Pärtian meditation on an invented folksong
Composer: Anna Pidgorna
Year Composed: 2019
Instrumentation: For Violin and Piano
Format: Performance Set: Full Score + Violin Part
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0903
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From the composer:
The original kernel for this work was written in response to Arvo Pärt’s Fratres as part of my doctoral exams at Princeton University. What fascinates me about this piece, and many of Pärt’s other works, is the combination of deep emotionality expressed through a detached and highly technical compositional processes. While I approached my piece very differently from a technical point of view, I challenged myself to write in a way that was very different from my usual story-telling, intuitive approach. I took one of my folk-inspired vocal melodies, stretched it and built harmonies around it in a methodical way. Since I first wrote the piece in 2016, it has gone through several transformations taking it further away from the initial highly-structured sketch and closer to my own musical language.
Commission/Dedication: Composed for Katha Zinn and Illya Filshtinskiy.
Premiere: Original version premiered by Atonal Hits (Katha Zinn and Illya Filshtinskiy), Taplin Auditorium, Princeton Unviersity, Princeton, NJ, April 19, 2016. Revised version premiered by Andrea Tyniec and Angela Park, Historic Leith Church, Annan, ON, July 13, 2019.