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Aaron Jay Kernis

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Air (for Violin and Piano) (1996)
Associated Music Publishers Inc
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
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Piano + 1 Instrument
Year Composed
11 Minutes
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Programme Note
Aaron Jay Kernis Air (for Violin and Piano) (1996)
Composer note:

Air is a love letter to the violin. Songlike and lyrical, it opens up a full range of the instrument's expressive and poignant possibilities. Composed with two main themes and open in harmony, the first poses melodic questions and their response, while the second is very still, rising ever-upward into the highest range of the violin. Following a middle section of dramatic intensity it cycles back to the themes in reverse, developing each along the way, and ending quietly after a final plaintive ascent. Air is dedicated to pianist Evelyne Luest, the composer's wife, and was composed in 1995 for violinist Joshua Bell. Since it's premiere it has been arranged in many versions with solo instrument and orchestra, chamber ensemble or piano.

— Aaron Jay Kernis

  • Ensemble
    Eberli Ensemble
    Evelyne Luest, piano; Andrea Schultz, violin
    Phoenix USA:
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