NEW MUSIC TUESDAY | Composer Lyell Cresswell – ‘Chatoyance’ For Solo Violin [PREMIERE]

23-year-old Australian violinist Harry Ward performing New Zealand composer Lyell Cresswell's new-premiered 'Chatoyance' for Solo Violin

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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.

HARRY WARD | LYELL CRESSWELL | ‘CHATOYANCE’ FOR SOLO VIOLIN | 2019 MICHAEL HILL INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN COMPETITION 

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