Growth I – violin concerto

(2020) 15' / for violin, bariton saxophon, accordion, and drum-set
 
written for the Concept Store Quartet with Alicja Pilarczyk (violin), Pablo González Balaguer (saxophone), Nejc Grm (accordion), and Guillem Serrano (percussion)

The premiere performance is scheduled for May 19th, 2021 at Gare du Nord, Basel, Switzerland.
 

Composer's note

1. A dehydrated, pulverised, and then reconstituted (with lumps) 1903 recording of Joseph Joachim playing Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 1 

2. Isaac Stern speaking in 1999 about the founding of the National Endowment of Arts seen through a thick layer of nostalgia's sweet molasses

3. The Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina playing Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 frozen, broken in shards, and randomly reassembled

 

The three movements each draw from historical recordings of a violin, a violinist, or an attempt to mechanically imitate both: 1. The first recording of a violin with a performance by Josef Joachim playing Hungarian Dance No. 1, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKK5iFFPKxM&t=3s, accessed Nov. 2020. 2. An excerpt of a Carnegie Hall interview given by Isaac Stern in 1999 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ-z2JWaGvg accessed Nov. 2020, ca. minute 9:00 to 12:30, slightly edited. 3. The Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina, a music cabinet with three self-playing violins and a self-playing piana called as the „8th wonder of the world“ at the 1920 World Fair playing Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E flat major, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBzaSVbCWxM, accessed Nov. 2020

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