Marco Fusi, violin. Fulton Recital Hall. University of Chicago. April 17, 2013

Mil Panaderos (2013) is a study for solo violin exploring fairly limited amounts of musical material in a rather systematic way. Some of its motifs find origin in common “bravura” techniques of traditional virtuoso playing (rapid scalar passages, fast arpeggios, explosive jétés…). These are then filtered through not-so-traditional performing techniques (i.e. varied left hand pressure) and arranged according to a combinatorial formal layout. The music then wanders switching constantly between gestures, never fully unleashing its virtuosic temperament and ends, quite foreseeably, on a question mark.

 

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