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Joan Tower

Publisher: AMP

String Force (2010)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Solo Works (excluding keyboard)
Year Composed
7 Minutes

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Joan Tower String Force (2010)
Jiazhi Wang, violin
Composer note:
String Force (2010) was commissioned by the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis for the 2010 Competition and underwritten by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation in honor of the children and families of Christel House. It is dedicated with great affection and admiration to the violinist Jaime Laredo.

The 7-minute work was an attempt at writing a challenging piece for violin. Between the high speed of notes within a visceral energy context and the high delicate registral writing, there are many technical as well as musical challenges within this work. After hearing the sixteen semi-finalists at the Indianapolis Violin Competition perform String Force, I realized there is also much range for interpretation.

I want to thank Ida and Ani Kavafian and Maria Bachmann for their help in the technical challenges of writing for violin.

— Joan Tower

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It is an all-out exploration of the power of a single string instrument, sometimes reminiscent of Bach's great D minor Chaconne in idiom but in an overall twentieth-century, sometimes Bartókian, language.
Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review,14/06/2016
In String Force (2010), a solo violin work heard in a vigorous, colorful reading by Nikki Chooi, Ms. Tower explores fingerboard and bowing techniques, with sliding effects prominent among them.
Allan Kozinn, The New York Times,09/05/2011
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