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Ultra Violet

for violin, cello and piano

Year:  2015

Year:  2015

Composer:   Claire Cowan

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Claire Cowan: Ultra Violet ...

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Claire Cowan: Ultra Violet ...

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Sample Score

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“I learned that the mantis shrimp (which is the most lusciously hued crustaecean in the world) can see more colours than any creature on earth. Ultra Violet vision (at one far end of the colour spectrum) is only known to a few humans on earth. But many birds and insects possess this quality.  It is innate to their survival and navigation systems.

The piece explores my continued fascination with the seemingly simple yet endlessly complex, through the growth and development of a single musical statement. What does it need to survive? How must it adapt to move forward? How will it change colour and mood with the simple addition of a non-related pitch? I think of myself as a bird, navigating through a musical landscape guided by intuition, and on a journey to create and discover colours beyond the edges of our visible spectrum.”


Commissioned note

Commissioned for the NZTrio by Chamber Music New Zealand for the Composer Connections tour.

Performance history

08 May 2015: Performed by NZTrio (Justine Cormack - violin, Ashley Brown - cello, Sarah Watkins - piano) as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's Composer Connections series. Adam Concert Room, Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, Wellington.

10 Apr 2021: NZTrio | Dramatic Skies: Stratus (Nathan Homestead)

18 Apr 2021: NZTrio | Dramatic Skies: Stratus (Auckland Town Hall)

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