Concerto (2017-2018, rev. 2021)
for Violin and Small Ensemble
Composed December 2017 - February 2018, revised January 2021
Original version premiere:
March 21, 2018 at TCU by violinist Kirill Raskolenko and the composer conducting
Anxiety resides in the life of every college student for various reasons. At the time I was composing this concerto, I was facing uncertainty about the future and looking forward. The entire first part sums up feelings perfectly; the atonal violin line is the feeling of depression, with comments from the ensemble about what's coming next. Eventually, we get to the second section which reminds us to enjoy the better and fun things in life. Amusing and Stravinsky-esque in nature, it features both the soloist and ensemble engaged in lighthearted melodic interplay, which serves as an optimistic look to the first part.
This concerto was written especially for the soloist Kirill Raskolenko and is also dedicated to him.