For 3 Violins
Premiered by Francesca Anderegg, Karen VanAcker and Lindsie Katz at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul, MN. April, 2014.
Other performances at the Interlochen Arts Camp in the summer of 2014.
Francesca Anderegg, Brittni Brown, Hajnal Pivnic Violins
I wrote Violin 3.0 for my wife to perform with two of her advanced students at St. Olaf College. What began as a sort of pedagogical piece quickly turned into more serious business. I grew up playing violin, and I got to be a pretty good player. The opportunity to write for 3 violins seemed intriguing and fun. Plus, I had written a piece for 20 flutes the previous year and had really enjoyed the process. Writing for many of the same instruments can fool the ear into believing that there is only one giant instrument, and that is exactly the image I wanted to convey in this piece.
The three violins play much of the same material, but are weaving in and out of each other's ways. The effect can be dizzying and fascinating. The way in which the lines interact with each other somehow reminded me of computer circuitry. I wondered, what would the violin sound like if it had been invented in the computer era? And what would one mega version of that violin sound like? This piece is my attempt to answer that question.