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2014 Competition September 5-21, 2014

Commissioned Works

Since its inception, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis has sought commissions from the world's leading composers. A short piece, conceived either for solo violin or violin with piano, is included in the Competition's repertory in order to test the interpretive skills of the young artists in playing a piece that has no performance history. This work is then performed at each Competition's Semi-Final phase. In addition to challenging the musicians with a totally new work, the IVCI hopes to enrich the violin repertory by commissioning a truly outstanding composer to write a work that will be played long after the Competition for which it was written.

Composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
Year of Composition 2014
Title Fantasy for Solo Violin
Instrumentation Violin
Dedication Dedicated to Jaime Laredo
Duration 6 minutes
Publisher Theodore Presser Company
Recording Label none
Year of Competition 2014

Composer Joan Tower (b.1938, American)
Year of Composition 2010
Title String Force
Instrumentation Violin
Dedication In honor of the children and families of Christel House
Duration 7 minutes
Publisher Associated Music Publishers Inc.
Recording Label none
Year of Competition 2010

Composer Bright Sheng (b. 1955, Chinese)
Year of Composition 2006
Title A Night at the Chinese Opera
Instrumentation Violin/Piano
Dedication Dedicated to the children of Christel House around the world
Duration 9 minutes
Publisher G. Schirmer, Inc.
Recording Label none
Year of Competition 2006

Composer Richard Danielpour (b. 1956, American)
Year of Composition 2001
Title As Night Falls on Barjeantane
Instrumentation Violin/Piano
Dedication Dedicated to Madame Anne Postel-Vinay
Duration 10 minutes
Publisher G. Schirmer, Inc.
Recording Label IVCI - "Live from the 2002 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis"; Also available on Instant Encore
Year of Competition 2002

Composer Ned Rorem (b. 1923, American)
Year of Composition 1996
Title Autumn Music
Instrumentation Violin/Piano
Duration 9 minutes
Publisher Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Recording Label Catalpa Classics through the IVCI - "Debut Recording Judith Ingolfsson"; Also available at Instant Encore
Year of Competition 1998

Composer Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994, Polish)
Year of Composition 1992
Title Subito
Instrumentation Violin/Piano
Duration 5 minutes
Publisher Chester Music Ltd.
Recording Label Discover International - "Debut Recording Juliette Kang"; IVCI - "Nightmusic"; Also available at Instant Encore
Year of Competition 1994

Composer Georges Rochberg (1918-2005, American)
Year of Composition 1989
Title Rhapsody and Prayer
Instrumentation Violin/Piano
Duration 9 minutes
Publisher Theodore Press Co. (#114-40510)
Recording Label None
Year of Competition 1990

Composer Leon Kirchner (1919-2009, American)
Year of Composition 1985
Title For Violin Solo
Instrumentation Violin
Duration 8 minutes
Publisher G. Schirmer, Inc./AMP
Recording Label none
Year of Competition 1986

Composer Joonas Kokkonen (1921-1996, Finnish)
Year of Composition 1982
Title Improvvisazione
Instrumentation Violin/Piano
Dedication Dedicated to Josef Gingold
Duration 6 minutes
Publisher Fennica Gehrman (#042-08738-1)
Recording Label none
Year of Competition 1982
Commissioned Works