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Variations for Violin and Piano was written in 1982 while Nigel Keay was studying composition at Victoria University of Wellington. The work won the inaugural Composition Competition there in 1982, being played on that occasion by Bruce Corlett (violin) and Hugh Stevenson (piano). It is a single movement work, and although tied in with the formal study requirements of the day, the piece saw the establishment of a personal style and harmonic language that developed along a path of "atonality" during the eighties. In fact the composer considers that this work marks the beginning of his catalogue. Nigel Keay played the violin part of this essentially abstract piece shortly after it was written, reflecting his desire to create a work that would be enjoyed by its performers.
07 Oct 1984: Performed by Bruce Corlett (violin) and Matthew Davidson (piano) at Old Saint Paul's Cathedral, Wellington at 'A Concert of New Zealand Music' organised by Matthew Davidson
14 Aug 1997: Performed by Mark Menzies (violin) and Dan Poynton (piano) at Adam Concert Room, Victoria University of Wellington