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Op. 31a

By Oliver Knussen

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Violin; Piano
Op. 31a. Composed by Oliver Knussen (1952-). Solo; Solo Small Ensembles; String - Violin and Piano. Faber Edition. 20th Century. Score and Part(s). Faber Music #12-0571520561. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571520561).

Item Number: AP.12-0571520561

ISBN 9780571520565. English.

This enchanting 8-minute piece for violin and piano---Oliver Knussen's penultimate work---is made up of various kinds of musical reflection: melody reflected in its inversion; a six-note mode reflected in its complement; and the relationships between the three main parts of the piece, which are in a way varied reflections of each other. There are some reflections in water, too; the work's opus number (31a) demonstrates a relationship to Knussen's unfinished Cleveland Pictures: The main melody began as a response to Gauguin's painting of a Breton woman swimming, Knussen wrote, and there is also, perhaps, an echo of the lonely underwater world of an ondine, eventually breaking the surface at the end of the piece.

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