Nigel Keay - Variations on a Theme from At the Hawk's Well (2001)
A one-movement work for Piano Trio (Violin, Cello, & Piano). Duration: 8'54".
Variations on a Theme from At the Hawk's Well (2001) was first performed on 22nd March 2007 at the Music Department of the University of Otago (NZ) by Charmian Keay (violin), Jono Squire (cello) and Tom McGrath (piano).
This work is based on material from the opera At the Hawk's Well, specifically, the tonal thematic material associated with the Young Man which also appears later in the Dance Music. Constructed in an arch-form, both the violin and the cello share a dialogue based on a strong lyrical melody.
On the idea of variation, is not so much employed in the classical sense as the principal melody stays constant, the variation occurs in the accompanying texture throughout the piece. In the outer sections the melody is presented in a somewhat exuberant manner by the violin in contrast to the cello where it is more subdued.
Brief analysis of the form
bars 1-7: preamble.
Listen to a recording of the work from the blumlein records CD Music for Small Groups released in 2011 and performed by Anastasiya Filippochkina - violin, Gabriel Casalis - cello & Debra Takakjian - piano: Variations on a Theme from At the Hawk's Well