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This month I was challenged to write a piece for violin and piano in just four days. When I say four days, I mean finished, reviewed and score-handed in four days.

This piece was meant to be the core of a lecture I would give, together with my co-director, Gisela Paterno, at St. Cuthbert’s Philbeach Gardens the 29.07.2017 at 7 pm.

The piece is a double challenge, it has to be short and also easy for the performers who will have very little time to practice it.

FORM:

The 7th of July I was very lucky to watch Mitridate Re di Ponte by Mozart. It is from that concert that I got the main theme for my little pedagogical piece.

Early Mozart and Aria da Capo stimulation were enough to make up my mind. I decided to write an Aria da Capo “Sequence for Violin and Piano”.

HARMONY:

Harmonically-wise, I went for a very simple structure, almost minimalist. A simple sequence in Cm opened by a steady antecedent followed by a sequential consequent starting on a deceptive cadence finishing into an authentic cadential progression.

PLANNING:

The piece is organized so the piano showcases the main theme first on its own and one voice at a time. Then the Violin engages with the piano which all of a sudden becomes accompaniment.

During A, the role of the violin is the one of a soloist. It plays a rather free melody which is juxtaposed to the quasi ostinato performed by the piano.

B is expectedly contrasting… The violin texture becomes thicker and the piano slowly gains importance. Now harmony is the Queen.

A much faster and open chord progression is put in place. The character of B is bright and driven balancing up the rather steady and settled mood of A. We finally come back to a transposed A.

A’ will then be rephrased in the same way as an Aria da Capo the accompaniment remains the same while the violin shows off.

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