for violin and piano.
Duration: 7 mins.
Two other versions exist.
Quirk No.4 b for violin, cello and electric guitar
Quirk No.4 c for Piano Trio (violin, cello and piano)
Quirk No.4 a – Premiered by Eugen Cibisescu-Duran (vn), Iulia Cibisescu-Duran (pf). April 2006. Gheorghe Dima Music Academy, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Quirk No.4 b – Premiered by Cora Venus-Lunny (violin), Kate Ellis (cello) & Dave Flynn (guitar), March 2010. Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin.
There is no recording of this work. MIDI recording given for perusal purposes.
A master Irish story-teller will often ramble like a meandering river. The story they tell can seem quite incoherent, but it is almost always a great and entertaining story where everything is subtly linked. Similarly this piece of music rambles and meanders through many seemingly conflicting styles. I believe all music is linked to the same source. It’s a bit like the six degrees of separation theory where everyone in the world is at most six steps away from knowing each other. In this piece I link traditional Irish music to jazz, rumba, blues, baroque music and contemporary classical music. In doing so I don’t use any existing music, all the music is of my own invention.
This piece was originally written for violin and piano in 2004. I re-arranged it for Piano Trio then.
I also arranged a version for violin, cello and guitar which was premiered by Cora Venus Lunny, Kate Ellis and myself at an Irish Composer’s Collective concert in March 2010.