Knehans, Douglas

Though first known through his collaboration with director Barrie Kosky in the Opera Australia production of his The Ascension of Robert Flau (1990), Douglas Knehans (b. 1957) is perhaps best ...

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Mist Waves : Version for violin and strings / Douglas Knehans

Publisher's number: 21474
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Violin and string orchestra
Scoring: vn-solo str
Remarks: Dedicated to the wonderful British violinist Madeline Mitchell in commemoration of her 2019 visit to the United States.
Duration: 7'00"
Year of composition: 2019
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Mist Waves is a kind of loose chaconne whose veiled repetition of the initial eight bars forms the basis for the work. Sometimes this initial idea is repeated entirely, sometimes truncated sometimes expanded and all of the time at close interplay with the freely evolving violin line which acts as the expressive core of the work.
Mist Waves is really about land-based cloud and how this forms in waves sometimes thick and predictable and at other times lightening up and revealing more to us. This serves as a metaphor for me of a type of human consciousness and how things are known and unknown to us in mixtures—sometimes equal, frequently unequal—which creates the mystery and magic of life.
Douglas Knehans

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