Praesagium

for violin and piano

Jeremy Pike

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Composer Jeremy Pike
Year of Composition 2001
Duration ca.4'
Instrumentation Piano, Violin
Categories (all composers) , , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-jp2p1

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This work was written for Jennifer Pike to perform in the string semi-finals of BBC Young Musician of the Year 2002. It was composed during the summer of 2001 whilst staying in Bowdoin, New England, USA, and completed in September of that year. The title means “premonition”, and the piece uses a range of violin techniques to elaborate a dark, expressive melody imbued with a deep sense of foreboding. The piece was inspired by a vivid dream with images of a deserted, ruined city, an idea made all the more extraordinary by the fact that this title was chosen just days before the attack on the Twin Towers.

First performance: Jennifer Pike and Andrew Wilde, Standish Arts Festival, Greater Manchester, 16 October 2001. First broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in a recital from Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, Jennifer Pike and Martin Roscoe, 21 June 2009.