2 violins

Schattenwerk is a German word that, all in one, refers to the work and play of shadows, silhouettes, images, even shades (ghosts), phantoms and spirits. In my composition, it also alludes to types of variation. Sometimes shadows are slow to react. And not all shadows are furtive; some even like to be heard!

This work was commissioned by Mr. Christopher Wilcox, director of the Scotia Festival of Music (Halifax). It was given its premiere performance by violinists, Scott St. John and Mark Fewer, in Halifax, on May 30, 2003.