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Violin Sonata : Machine Codes

by Paul Stanhope (2021)

Violin Sonata


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Violin Sonata : Machine Codes / Paul Stanhope.

Library shelf no. 787.2183/STA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Machines and technology have now become such an integral part of our lives that we could barely imagine living without them. This violin sonata was inspired by the sounds and construction patterns found in machines, seeking to transform such abstract ideas into music. The violin and piano are also two magnificent pieces of human technology which require a supreme levels of technical mastery as well as human spirit. The idea of the discourse between human and 'machine' is thus at the heart of the piece. This sonata is constructed in a three movement format which looks to bring a new slant to a traditional structure.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: Violin, piano.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Requires professional level players

Contents note: I. Pieces of V8 [Toccata] -- II. Satellite Song -- III. Ringing the Changes.

Commission note: Commissioned by Vicki Olsson for performance by Musica Viva Australia.

First performance: by Andrew Haveron, Simon Tedeschi — 15 Nov 21. Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Classic

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2022 Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year: Notated Composition Finalist Andrew Haveron and Simon Tedeschi


Performances of this work

15 Nov 21: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Classic. Featuring Andrew Haveron, Simon Tedeschi.

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