Wendy Hiscocks

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CAPRICE (1990)

CAPRICE (1990) for unaccompanied violin
Duration: 2 minutes

Programme notes Caprice was composed within a space of two weeks in response to a Guildhall School of Music & Drama student’s request to include a world premiere performance for a Diploma recital; it was the first time I had written for the instrument. The seed of inspiration was a close up photo on a postcard of a small bird in flight.

The music is composed in three sections; the outer parts flow with the currents of air and a sense of poise and free fall is required of the performer. It is not meant to be strictly in time and must breath with due attention to subtle dynamics but nor is it meant to be unrhythmic with overly fluctuating changes of tempo. The middle section is a dance with plenty of lift and an expression of pure joy.

Caprice has found its way into the heart of many young violinists; one of these was Carolyn Lam, an Australian violinist living in Adelaide of Chinese descent. Carolyn took the opportunity to work with the composer on the score when they first met in Hong Kong in 1995 and earned herself the score’s dedication with the beauty of her performances.

Publisher details Wirripang provide download scores or printed scores from their website http://www.australiancomposers.com.au/authors/wendy-hiscocks

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