As the title suggests it is a calm lyrical Italian barcarolle with flowing melodies and gently rocking rhythms that float between the violin and piano.
It starts with a graceful statement of the theme in cannon on the piano; it is then taken by the violin in its high register. A series of calm conversation between the two performers ensues leading to a number of gentle climaxes where the violin embellishes the melody with fast moving scales and passionate gestures. Following the final climax the atmosphere gradually becomes calmer and the falling melodic line descends lower recalling the opening passage, and eventually moves to the lower register of the piano whilst the violin hovers on reflective high harmonics.
It is a reworking of the second movement of his “Serenade” for Violin and Orchestra which was premiered in 2013 by Clare Howick and the Kingston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Adaptation of the Barcarolle from the Serenade for Violin and Orchestra

Details

Written 2014

String and Piano Duo
Violin and Piano
Length 9′

Commission: Birmingham Conservatoire Association
Dedication: To Jeremy Patterson
Publisher: Joseph Weinberger

World Premiere
Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, 4th Nov 2014
Shiling Chin, violin / Arthur Bocananeau

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