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John Marson - Two Idylls (Violin & Piano)

John Marson - Two Idylls (Violin & Piano)

Short modern violin and piano pieces are rare, but these can take their place amongst examples from Elgar and the like. Unpretentious and good at making friends Two Idylls attempts to capture the sense of delight in the contemplation of pastoral landscapes, and the perceived serenity of the countryside. For the city dweller passing through such vistas speak of more relaxed times and freedom from constant pressures. There is, however, an underlying sense of not belonging, and in these pieces the tranquil settings are shot through with tensions that will not go away. No specific times or places are depicted, but the composers own recall of a period spent living in the country and his feeling of loss as he looks back to those years, perhaps account for the mixed moods of these pieces.

Review: "The late John Marson was well known as a treat orchestral harpist. As a composer, in addition to many works for harp, he has written string quartets, piano trios, and chamber works including harp. These Two Idylls, appropriate for violinists from Grade 7 onwards, are dreamy and melodious, each with a quicker middle section. The second is more challenging, its middle section testing the player's familiarity with B major, and closing with a free arabesque. The violin parts alone appear somewhat uninteresting, but when heard with the colourful and at times jazzy harmonies of the piano accompaniment, both these Idylls are attractive and satisfying to play." - David Angel in Music Teacher March 2008

Order Code B&D11822
Weight 0.08 kg
Media Sheet Music
Composer John Marson
Instrumentation Violin & Piano
Difficulty Medium-Difficult
Series Simply Strings
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