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Veilleuse
 Composed by Berkeley, Michael
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Michael Berkeley: Veilleuse

Last year I was asked to write a piece for violin and piano for the Belgrade Festival. Not having enough time to embark on anything new, I seized the opportunity to extract the one of an early violin sonata that I still liked, and reworked it.

Essentially this is the slow movement of my 1979 Violin Sonata, but now incorporating some thematically related music from the last movement. The original material that has been retained also includes a melodic idea from my earliest published orchestral score, Meditations for string orchestra which embraces the same, largely tonal, harmonic landscape. Veilleuse means 'Night Watch' or 'Night Lantern' and the music has a slightly melancholy, restless atmosphere which momentarily erupts in a passionate outburst before settling back to the quietly ticking, veiled lines of the opening.

Michael Berkeley

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