NOCTURNE (2007) violin & piano
Duration: 7:30 minutes
Programme note Nocturne was originally conceived as a contrasting companion piece for a livelier and more complex work called The Flame (1999). Both works are inspired by the writings of Rabindranath Tagore and the listener will discern the influence of classical Indian raga from time to time. The Nocturne though, is substantial enough to be performed alone. Its structure mirrors the layout of Tagore’s poem with its repeated refrain ‘Bird, O my bird, listen to me, do not close your wings’ corresponding with a repeated musical refrain creating a loose rondo-like form.
Australian violinist, Carolyn Lam and the composer gave the work’s premiere on April 12, 2007 in Berlin. A performance by Madeleine Mitchell and the composer can be heard on the Symposium CD 1389 of Wendy’s Chamber Music (for more information go to ‘Recordings’ and ‘Reviews’)
Publisher details Wirripang provide a download score and a printed score from their website http://www.australiancomposers.com.au/authors/wendy-hiscocks