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J.W.Nelleke: - Toccata
For violin and piano
Duration 7:40 minutes
The main idiom of this composition is typical toccata-like: fast (often repeating) notes like they sound in the first measures of the piece.
But as least as important in the piece is the suggestion of crossing a speed barrier. So e.g. the repeating notes in the beginning are being interrupted by a piano chord, ever more insistent till you feel that it cannot be maintained. Another example is a canon in this obsessive rhythm that chases itself so speedily that it all but derails.
In contrast with this hectical theme there is a beautiful romantic melody - but also with this theme youll find that through repeating the tension is raised so much that the melody derailes in hystery.
After exposing these themes there is a recapitulation in which the main themes not only sound after each other but also simultaniously.
The piece is dedicated to Reinier Reijngoud who also premiered it at 29 march 1997 with the composer at the piano.