Hermit’s Violin (2015) by Hyo-shin Na April, 2014
I happened to see Arnold Boecklin’s painting called “Hermit Playing the Violin” at a museum in Berlin. This painting, in which an old hermit, alone in his cell, hunches over playing his violin, impressed me deeply. Three little angels observe the scene with a mixture of wonder and amusement. The painting was a strange combination of solemnity and innocence and, as I stood in front of it for a long time, I could almost hear the music the old man was playing (even to the point of wanting to suggest the next note for him to play!). Upon returning home from Europe, I began to write “Hermit’s Violin” for chamber orchestra (oboe, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, bassoon, percussion, and string orchestra) with violin solo, serenely engrossed in imagining the hermit’s music. “Hermit’s Violin” was written for the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Cynthia Baehr.
- Instrumentation : Chamber Orchestra and Violin
- Price : € 49,50
- Order-# : LM 2016061721
- Level : Contemporary Music