This was my first orchestral piece. It is a recomposition of the Sarabande from Bach's Partita for solo violin in B minor. I wanted to capture the radiance of the opening bars of this piece, as well as its generous, human qualities. This first extract is from the beginning of the piece, after the original sarabande has been heard. Each bar of Bach's piece is dissected and rewoven into a symphonic movement ofsome 25 minutes duration.
At the end of the piece, the solo violin plays Bach's Sarabande again, but this time the orchestra surges up around it, in particularly using the rising fifths implied in Bach's own harmony of his opening bars. As the orchestra almost, but not quite, drowns out the soloist, the clash of new with old is deliberate, suggesting, to me, a handshake across the centuries.
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