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Four Echoes

for solo viola

Year:  2007

Year:  2007

John Elmsly
Composer

Composer:   John Elmsly

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About

Four Echoes for solo 'cello had been taking shape slowly when news came of Douglas Lilburn's death. For me this had many personal associations; the first New Zealand music I heard was by Douglas Lilburn, and through years at Victoria University and after I came to know him as teacher and supportive professional colleague. His music has always held a special power for me, and as I wrote musical shadows appeared in the work, particularly in the Lament which is specifically in his memory. Early in 2007 NZSO violist Peter Barber approached me about the possibility of performing the work on viola, and I was delighted to consider this and review the work for this purpose.

John Elmsly


Commissioned note

This version solicited by violist Peter Barber in 2007

Peter Barber | Robert Ibell


Performance history

30 Jun 2007: Performed by Peter Barber (viola); Adelaide University, Adelaide, Australia

22 Feb 2013: After Lilburn