This piece is based on the idea of finding common ground between the lyricism of the violin and the colour and attack of the percussion. I used the term Rhapsody as homage to Rhapsody in Blue
. Vermilion, however is an extravagant, expensive orange-red—a bright, vibrant colour for the Red Violin to explore. Broadly speaking the piece starts with a fast exposition alternating sections of percussion dominance and lyrical violin lines. A slow middle section follows which the violin bookends with pizzicato notes and the percussionists take up the bows on cymbals and crotales. The violin heads off in a dance like final section followed by a brief coda recalling the opening material.
Vermilion Rhapsody was commissioned by Madeleine Mitchell and ensemblebash in 2007 with funding from Arts Council England. First performance—The Red Violin festival, Cardiff 2.10.07.
Instrumentation: violin, marimba, vibraphone, finger cymbals, cymbals, mark tree, triangle, woodblock, 2 tam tam, glock, sizzle cymbal, bass drum, crotale, bongos, temple blocks, pin chimes, 2 tambourines, pin chimes, cabasa.
from notes by Anne Dudley © 2007