Covidea III [duo version]
for violin, or cello, or saxophone, or any other suitable instrument, with organ accompaniment
- Duration 2' 30"
composer's notes: This work was written as an organ solo in 2020, and the following year Mark Denza commissioned this version for violin and organ. Exact registration is left to the player, but should follow the dynamics given in the violin part. The 'cantus firmus' in the pedal part is taken from the genome sequence for COVID-19. Interpreting the first line of code, "attaaaggtt tataccttcc caggtaacaa accaaccaac tttcgatctc ttgtagatct", each letter is a minim: A, G and C are musical notes, and T is a rest. My idea was to make something beautiful, or at least pleasant, out of something that isn't. Although written in 2020, I am not ashamed to acknowledge clear stylistic influences of composers such as Franck, Fauré, Duruflé, Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Howells!