Composer: Matthew Orlovich | Date of Composition: 2002 | Instrumentation: Violin solo | Duration: c. 2 minutes | Publisher: Reed Music | Format: Score / Part (ISMN: 979-0-7201-0034-0 / Catalogue: RM605) | Edition: 2002
Roundabout (for solo violin, 2002) is a piece characterised by a playful, yet nervous energy. The title describes the manner in which the bars and phrases of music frequently “loop-the-loop” before taking off in a new direction.
When composing the piece, I made use of a variety of violin performance techniques such as rapid-fire bowing of semiquavers and the alternating of bowed notes with left hand pizzicato. This brings a percussive vigour and a colourful mix of timbres to the narrative of the work.