Suite in Jazz Style
for viola and piano(2009)
|Commission||Commissioned jointly by BBC Radio 3 and the Royal Philharmonics Society for Maxim Rysanov as part of the BBC New Generation Artists scheme|
|Premiere||January 28, 2009, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK; Maxim Rysanov, viola • Katya Apekisheva, piano|
The suite in three movements aims to portray thee ‘flavours’ of the jazz repertoire, which I have admired for many years, refracted through my own compositional style. In the first movement, the left hand of the piano takes on the role of a pizz bass, while the viola and right hand piano dialogue in a series of inter-linking melodies. The rich and grainy quality of a jazz singer’s voice inspired the lullaby, which is the second movement. The consecutive irregular time signatures of the last movement allude to the fusion of jazz and folk.