23-year-old Australian violinist Harry Ward performing New Zealand composer Lyell Cresswell’s new-premiered Chatoyance for Solo Violin.
Commissioned by the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, the 6 and 1/2 minute solo violin work was inspired by the optical reflectance effect found in certain gemstones – in honour of the competition’s founder, jeweler and entrepreneur Sir Michael Hill.
“From the beginning I had it in mind to find an appropriate musical title connected with jewelry … this seemed the obvious starting point in the light of the competition …” Lyell has told The Violin Channel.
“I really enjoy writing for unaccompanied instruments and particularly string instruments – as the theatrical aspect appeals to me … to see a player standing alone in front of an audience grappling with the music can be riveting …” he has said.
“With a solo performance there is nothing to fall back on … no other instrumental colours, no other players to take over and no support from other instruments – the contrast has to be found within the limits of the instrument.”
Recorded live on the 31st May, 2019 – at the Queenstown Memorial Hall, in Queenstown, New Zealand.