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In 1971 I took a never-to-be-forgotten journey overland from Europe to New Zealand.
While traversing Iran by bus, I heard Persian vocal music for the first time, relayed over the sound system. It was intoxicating.
In Tehran I bought a 45 rpm disc recording that matched what I had heard on the bus. The music on the disc, entitled CARAVAN, has provided me with material for this composition/transcription.
As preparation violinists are strongly recommended to listen to a version of this recording, to familiarise themselves with the style of the articulation, which can only be hinted at in my notation.
This recording may be found on YouTube here: Golpayegani (Golpa) - Ey Carevan Ahesteh Ra (گلپا - ای کاروان). The section I draw material from begins at 7'02".
Intonation is intrinsic to this music. Note the unconventional key signature! The 'quasi-acciacatura' embellishments should be 'neutral 3rds or 6ths, that is, positioned mid-way between a major and a minor interval. An exception to this is Section C, which is an 'interlude' using conventional Western intonation.
(My thanks to Dene, Martin and Tristan, for their expert advice)
Commissioned for the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, with funding from Creative New Zealand
02 Jun 2013: Performed by Nikki Chooi (winner of the Best performance of New Zealand Commissioned Work, 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition) at the Queenstown Memorial Centre, in Queenstown.
06 Jun 2014: The winner's tour - Nikki Chooi
Performed by David Radzynski (violin)