No 31/3 Palindrome 3 (2004-2007)
For violin & piano
First Performance: (Palindrome 3) Anna McMichael and Tamara Cislowska
Instrumentation: violin & piano
Palindrome 3 is part of a little series of palindromes for violin and piano. Though Palindrome 3 is a perfect palindrome it is also a somewhat curious one since it ostensibly seems to move forward continually, but with a surprising sonic change at the center. It might more properly be called a ‘quasi palindrome’ since it combines two different types of palindrome: one, linear/melodic (violin) and the other, sonic/motoric (piano). Where the violin reverses its line half way through, the piano reverses its action: from chord/interval-resonance (senza pedale) to interval/ chord (con pedale). Though the action is perfectly retrograded one sonic action thereby suddenly becomes two actions.