Music for Strings


The following abbreviations will be used:

  • VLN=Violin   VLA=Viola   VC=Violincello   VLO=Violone   DB=Double Bass   STRORCH=String Orchestra   TMP=Tamboura (Indian drone instrument)   GTR=Guitar   PNO=Piano

Five Rasa for Solo Violin1VLN / TMP13:00
Variations for Violin or Viola2VLN or VLA12:00  Play
Recitative and ScherzoVLN / PNO06:54  Play
Scherzo of Fools3VC or VLO06:00
Fool and Angel Entering A City*4DB (solo)13:00  Play
Fanfare for Double Basses*DBs (5)01:20
Ode to St. Kilda*5DBs (4)05:30
Ballade for Kari*DB / PNO03:00
The Serene Kingdom6STRORCH06:30
The Procession of Fools6STRORCH06:00
The March of the Jesters6 STRORCH07:30
The Wounded Angel7GTR (solo)09:00  Play
Euterpe8 (Homage to Debussy's Syrinx)DB (solo) or VC (solo)02:56  Play
Posta8DB (solo) or VC (solo)01:11  Play
Neptune8 (After a drawing by da Vinci)DB (solo) or VC (solo)03:13  Play
* See Publications.

  1. This piece is influenced by Indian classical music.  However, it can be performed without the tamboura.
  2. The theme is original and the piece may be performed either on the violin or viola.
  3. The violone is a Baroque instrument, a precursor of the modern double bass. This Scherzo of Fools is completely different from the composer’s piece for clarinet and string quartet with the same name.
  4. After a painting by the British artist Cecil Collins (1908-1990).
  5. An international prize winner, it is a tone poem describing the Scottish island of St. Kilda.
  6. All these pieces were commissioned by Malden New Strings, a youth orchestra. There should be a minimum of 4 violins, 4 violas, 2 cellos and 1 double bass.
  7. This piece is different from the one for flutes also entitled The Wounded Angel.
  8. These pieces have now been transcribed for solo cello by the composer under the title Three Portraits for Solo Cello. The recordings are the cello version.