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Kevin Volans

Publisher: Chester Music

Into Darkness (1987)
commissioned by SAMRO for London New Music
Work Notes
Revised 1989 Dedicated to Andrew Verster
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
12 Minutes

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Programme Note
Kevin Volans Into Darkness (1987)
The piece was written in southern Africa during the last few weeks of my mother’s life. I tried to write without any pre-planning whatsoever, taking each new step as it came. I wanted to be surprised at the result.

The title Into Darkness was not intended programmatically, but was to refer to the compositional attitude. However, this piece was unavoidably influenced by the circumstances of its composition, insofar as it developed into a slightly African sort of Totentanz.

There are two movements.

© Kevin Volans, Dublin 2002

Score sample

  • Ensemble
    Array Ensemble
    Artifact Music:
  • Ensemble
    Sequenza Chamber Ensemble
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