Instrumentation: violin, viola, cello
Premiere: Performed by Kirkos, Kirkos Rite,29th May 2013, Odessa Club, Dublin.
Written for Kirkos Rite - a concert 100 years to the day after the premiere of Stravinsky's infamous Rite of Spring. Fourteen composers ranging from some of Ireland's most reputable, to students of the RIAM each reimagined a movement of the original for string trio, all presented with live visuals by Tim Redfernr
For me, there were two main features that I wanted to work with for my re-imagining of this movement. The first was the initial meandering accompaniment motif complete with its string melody. I blended my own material into this so that only hints of Stravinsky’s original music remain. The second was the slow contrapuntal theme which is introduced by the trumpets. This is slowly revealed to the listener through fragments composed of the individual lines, before being heard in full.