Blue Horo

Blue Horo combines stylistic characteristics of the Bulgarian horo with those of the American blues. Rhythmically, the work is derived from the Petrunino horo, which divides the 12/8 meter into groups of 3+4+2+3. This asymmetrical division of an otherwise symmetrical meter is used consistently throughout the work in mostly four-bar units to create formal divisions harmonically and phrasally based on a 12-bar blues. The melodic material is derived from bi-modal scale structures typical of the horo while the tonal and harmonic relationships throughout the work are derived from the standard blues progressions. The result is a dancingly virtuosic, highly rhythmic piece for solo violin.

Blue Horo was completed on July 8, 2013.

premiere

April 8, 2014 at Hosmer Hall, The Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY by Ioan Harea.

instrumentation

violin

duration

4'30''

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