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The metallic violins : for two violins

by Matthew Hindson (2007)

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Performance by James Cuddeford, Natsuko Yoshimoto from the CD metallic violins

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The metallic violins / James Cuddeford and Natsuko Yoshimoto

Library shelf no. CD 2080 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

Adapted from a work for solo violin, The Metallic Violins uses as its inspiration the manic, wild and over-the-top electric guitar solos commonly found in varieties of heavy metal music. Known as 'shredding', the point of such solos is to demonstrate the performer's virtuosity, especially in playing as fast as possible. There are a number of blistering passages for each of the violinists in this piece and it certainly requires extensive technical facility on the part of the performers.

Further reference to the heavy metal inspiration in this work can be observed through the use of a dark-sounding set of pitches and the use of similar rhythmic figures to those employed by 'cheese-metal' bands such as Dream Theater.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: 2 violins.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis, Rev. Dr Arthur Bridge.

First performance: by James Cuddeford, Natsuko Yoshimoto — 16 Apr 08. Aurora Festival 2008, Female Orphan School, Parramatta, NSW


Performances of this work

31 Jul 2017: at AFCM 2017: Concert Conversations with Piers Lane 2 (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Francesca Dego, Jack Liebeck.

29 Mar 2012: at Sound Bite - Dale Barltrop (South Melbourne Town Hall).

16 Apr 08: Aurora Festival 2008, Female Orphan School, Parramatta, NSW. Featuring James Cuddeford, Natsuko Yoshimoto.

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