violin and piano

Commission: Jeunesses musicales du Canada, pour le Concours international du violon

Premiere: June 6, 2003, Diana Galvydyte, violin • Concert, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier — Place des Arts, Montréal (Québec)

The piece has three parts: slow-fast- slow. The inspiration comes from the Balkan folklore: one melody played by a Serbian gypsy scored by Bartok. We can hear the characteristic irregular rhythms and the sonorities of a violin playing in a highest position of a lowest string, evoking the special timber of a gypsy violin.