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Atlantic Drift - Three Pieces For Two Violins

3 Pieces for 2 Violins Performance Score

By Judith Weir

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3 Pieces for 2 Violins Performance Score. Composed by Judith Weir (1954-). Music Sales America. Classical. Softcover. Composed 2010. 12 pages. Chester Music #MUSCH74569. Published by Chester Music (HL.14037757).

Item Number: HL.14037757

ISBN 9781849383646. 9x12 inches.


The music of these violin duos has been influenced by the centuries-long flow of traditional music from the British Isles to North America and back again. The compositions are dedicated toseveral people who are keeping that transatlantic musical flow in motion today.

Sleep Sound Ida Mornin'

Sleep Sound ida Mornin' is a very short duo for two violins based on a traditionaltune which I first heard in the Orkney Islands, although played there on the banjo by a native of Kansas. My extended version, with a slow introduction, was first played in Boston on 29th January 1995 by Lesley Chen and NathanSchmidt, members of the New England Conservatory's Preparatory Division, during their annual weekend festival of contemporary music. This very remarkable and encouraging event was devised and organised by Rodney Lister, to whomthis piece is dedicated.

Duration c. 2 minutes.

Atlantic Drift

An earlier, even shorter version of Atlantic Drift, written for violin and piano, was first performed by PeterSheppard Skaerved and Aaron Schorr at the Royal Academy of Music, London on 9th May 2006, in a concert to celebrate the 70th birthday of the American composer and transatlantic communicator, Elliott Schwartz. The melody isoriginal, though clearly influenced by the music and perpetual tides of the Hebrides.

Duration c. 3 minutes.

Rain and Mist are on the Mountain, I'd Better Buy SomeShoes

This four-movement duo for two violins is based on a fragment of a Gaelic folk song from Barra in the Western Isles of Scotland. The title suggests that although the Gaels of yesteryear were rich inpoetic expression and the beauties of nature, they were otherwise not very affluent. Rain and Mist was first performed at the Wigmore Hall, London on 6th February 2005, by Corina Belcea and Laura Samuel.

Duration c. 6.

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