Duration – 12:43
A) Rhapsody for Violin and Chamber Orchestra (2007)
B) Violin and Piano (2007)
The Rhapsody draws inspiration from a variety of European sources, including French Impressionism, German Expressionism, Hungarian folk music, and virtuosic Spanish violin music. Combining all these disparate styles of music, ranging from Ravel and Bartok to Sarasate, allowed me to create a new work based on a traditional and popular form. Composing took place in three comfortable locations, my home in Toronto, my in-laws’ home in the rural Ontario town of Cayuga and my parents’ home in Los Angeles. This also helped in giving me the right ambience and variety of influences for this enjoyable endeavor.
The Rhapsody was commissioned and first performed by the Orchestras Mississauga (John Barnum, music director) with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.