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Blue Work


for violin

Year:  2003

Year:  2003

Composer:   Helen Bowater

Films, Audio & Samples

Helen Bowater: Lautari; video

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Jack Body 70th Year Tribute...

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The lautari are a caste of Roma or 'Gypsy' musicians who live in Clejani, a village in Rumania, southwest of Bucharest. The older lautari are vigorous storytellers, with a flexible music repertoire, who improvise constantly. An ensemble of lautari have become internationally renowned as Taraf de Haidouks or 'Band of Brigands'. It was their performance of Nicolae Neacsu's composition Balada Conducatorolui ('Ballad of the Dictator'), a song about the oppressive distator Nicolae Ceausescu (1918–1989), that sparked this piece.

Lautari was written for violinist Mark Menzies in 2003.

Helen Bowater

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Written for Mark Menzies

Contents note

One movement

Performance history

09 Jan 2007: Solo violin concert

13 Jan 2007: Solo violin concert

06 Feb 2010: Stops on the violin trail...

30 Apr 2014: Performed by Miranda Adams at the Jack Body 70th Year Tribute concert, Music Theatre, Auckland University.

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