Tar Éis an Caoineadh’ for solo violin (2007) – 10’
The piece begins with the last bars of the String Quartet played in reverse, after which comes a number of sections influenced by specific Irish fiddle players. From the droning double-stopping of Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, to the quiet whispy sound of the late Con Cassidy, to the wild dynamic playing of Danny Meehan and finally the strong hypnotic playing of James Byrne.
Each of these players do things that are often found in another guise in contemporary classical music, particularly with regards to micro-tonality and varying timbre. So whilst I don’t directly copy any tunes they play, I have tried to create a piece which merges the characters of these individuals with my own compositional voice.
Premiered by Ioana Petcu-Colan. May 2008. Trinity College Dublin.