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Three Miniatures for solo violin


Benjamin’s Three Miniatures date from 2001. All were written for friends: the violinist Jagdish Mistry, whose daughter receives a lullaby; the music publisher Sally Cavender, Benjamin’s staunchest advocate; and Klaus Lauer, who presented concerts of new music at his hotel in Badenweiler, where the three pieces had their first complete performance at the hands of another friend, Irvine Arditti. According to the composer, they all explore ‘different facets of the same compositional technique’, which perhaps has to do with a modality rooted in the instrument’s tuning and with canonic processes not limited to the second piece. The first is a sombre melody with double stops and accompanying open strings, lifting off into the upper air of harmonics. ‘A Canon for Sally’, as canons will, mixes constraint and freedom. In the finale, delicate pizzicato music prefaces and accompanies the song.

from notes by Paul Griffiths © 2015


Studio Master: SIGCD416Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


No 1: A Lullaby for Lalit
Track 5 on SIGCD416 [3'52] Download only
No 2: A Canon for Sally
Track 6 on SIGCD416 [2'29] Download only
No 3: Lauer Lied
Track 7 on SIGCD416 [3'16] Download only

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