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Sonata for Violin and Viola : From Far Above

by Stuart Greenbaum (2018)

Work Overview

This Sonata for Violin and Viola was commissioned for Music Viva Australia by Dr Victor Wayne and Dr Karen Wayne OAM. It was written for Sophie Rowell and Christopher Moore as part of the Greenbaum Sonata Project, and the premiere performance was given by them on 24 September 2019 at Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre. It is the 14th in a series of sonatas written in the new millennium.

Cast in three movements, the subtitle, From Far Above, refers to views of planet Earth from the International Space Station. At this height, many natural wonders of our continents, oceans, rivers and mountains are apparent. Also visible are signs of human activity. The faint yet straight lines of bridges tend to stand out against the uniform dark blue of water. As human technology has advanced, longer bridge spans became viable. In popular culture, crop circles are sometimes associated with the paranormal; but irrigated crop circles increasingly appearing in desert terrain create spectacular light and dark green pointillist patterns as seen from space. City lights around the globe map out the electric architecture of human civilization.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Violin, viola.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. bridge -- II. crop circles -- III. city lights.

Dedication note: Written for Sophie Rowell and Christopher Moore

Commission note: Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia.. Commissioned by Dr Victor Wayne and Dr Karen Wayne OAM

First performance: by Sophie Rowell, Christopher Moore at Rowell & Moore (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall) on 24 Sep 2019


Performances of this work

24 Sep 2019: at Rowell & Moore (Melbourne Recital Centre, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Sophie Rowell, Christopher Moore.

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