Burnished Auburn

Live recording of the premiere by Kate Ellis

Instrumentation: cello

Type: solo

Year: 2012

Premiere: Performed by Kate Ellis, at ICC Solo Series, 8th February 2013, Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Duration: 6’

To burnish means to make smooth or glossy.

With this piece I wanted to create a smooth and textured sound by moving musical lines across the adjacent strings of the cello. A kind of counterpoint emerges as the voices begin to overlap and shift in register and develop.

Photo by Nathy Coleman