Kivunim for Violin solo and Chamber Orchestra
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Violin Concerto "Kivunim" (one movement) was performed and recorded on April 18th, 2011 by Slee Sinfonietta and the soloist, Yuki Numata, conducted by James Baker. Kivunim is a Hebrew word that can have multiple meanings such as tunings, aspects, ways, etc. But the meanings I am referring to, concern directions, or goal-oriented (or not oriented) processes. These are 4 main characters: (1) Something that I will call a "boolk"—a Russian word which means "splash", an action in which something hard meets the water and lets call that something hard—a stone. You will hear one stone, many stones and even boulders. (show on violin) (2) Every stone that is dropped has its flight course. You will hear fast flights up or down in pitch, slower flights and even very slow ones. Let us call the second motive a "flight." (3) Third motive is related to the sections where stillness is featured. It will be long notes or notes that are. (4) The 4th I would like to call the "swinging." Swinging motion is also repetitive but unlike the third motive this one is not still but has a pendulum-like motion. The beginning of the piece is like the beginning of life, in which the newborn screams into the air, sudden outburst of emotions. I wanted to make it possible for one to discover that the beginning contains the whole life story of the piece that is to come. Already in its first moments of life, the piece introduces the two main features of time: the time as a process in which one thing follows the other and the state of timeless procedure, stillness.