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Three Venus Haiku: for violin (or flute, viola, or cello, or clarinet) and piano (or harp)

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DatePublished - 2011
Media of outputScore
PublisherFaber Music Ltd.
Size5 minutes
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

[programme note]

Three Venus Haiku (2009)

I.
Let it be nameless
It is beyond the touch
of utterance and life

II.
She runs and runs.
In all the long years
never has she carried such sunshine

III.
Saftly, saftly lichts
the morning star. The black
abyss will nae oot it

From Through the Letterbox: Haikus by George Bruce, Renaissance Press. Reprinted with permission.

Three short pieces: a musical response to the poetry of George Bruce, the last surviving poet of the Scottish Literary Renaissance, who would have been 100 last year.

I. Piano and cello fused together as a single instrument, singing from a great distance.
II. Inside a beam of light.
III. A never-ending lullaby.

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Performances:

Vc / pf version

Premiere: 8 March 2009
Oliver Coates (cello) and Daniel Driver (piano)
Wigmore Hall, London

17 May 2009
Oliver Coates (cello), Huw Watkins (piano)
Balliol College, Oxford

5 October 2009
Oliver Coates (cello), Huw Watkins (piano)
Stratford-upon-Avon

2 February 2010
Thomas Shelley (cello), Emilio Salice (piano)
Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, Oxford

28 April 2010
Thomas Shelley (cello), Emilio Salice (piano)
Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford


Fl / pf version (requested by Katherine Bryan)

15 September 2010
Katherine Bryan (flute), Elena Nalimova (piano)
Baronial Hall, Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester


Vln / pf version

9 January 2011
Martin Suckling (violin), Hilary Suckling (piano)
LSO St. Luke’s, London

23 October 2011
Jonathan Morton (violin), Alasdair Beatson (piano)
Music Hall, Aberdeen

7 March 2012
RNCM students
Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Fl / hp version

7 October 2012
Jane Mitchell (flute), Tanya Houghton (harp)
The Forge, Camden

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