Austrian violinist Johanna Pichlmair performing German-born Canadian composer Michael Oesterle’s new-premiered Stand Alone for Solo Violin.
“Stand Alone is a monologue of brooding nostalgia with flashes of virtuosic impudence …” Michael has told The Violin Channel.
“In the piece, the violin’s open strings resonate with a harmonic image that acts as a focal point around which the musical ideas pivot and play … there are hints of the Baroque, Folkloric, and Romantic traditions, snippets of diverse expressions which are all about my love for the instrument …” he has said.
“I had a close look at Westhoff, Guillemain and Bjarne Brustad solo violin scores, and I listened to recordings of my favourite violinist playing Bach … all of this set a context for my new piece, and writing the notes on the page wasn’t difficult – it all came together very quickly.”
Commissioned by the 2019 Montreal International Violin Competition and recorded live on the 1st of June, 2019 – at Bourgie Hall, in Montreal, Canada.