Owl Light

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Owl Light

6.35

solo violin

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  • Premiere: 21 February 2005 / Bellefield Hall, Pittsburgh, PA / Roger Zahab, violin
  • Instrumentation: solo violin
  • Duration: 6'

Program Note

"Owl-light," known also as "Blindman's Holiday" and entre chien et loup (between dog and wolf), is the hour of dusk when it is too dark to work but still too bright to light candles. It is the time of day when shadow and haze blur the world around us. A new light, albeit short lived, is born of the union of day and night. Owl-Light, for solo violin, plays with this space between opposites setting quick gestures against sustained tones; pizzicato phrases against legato lines; and airy bowings against the snap pizz. The hymn Steal Away is referenced throughout, its tune emerging gradually over the course of the piece. Owl-Light is about five minutes long.