Fiddlers' Fugue, completed for a composition competition, this piece was recorded in a studio on the South Shore of Boston, then digitally remastered along with the Messaien and Ysaye pieces which can be heard on the Recital tape available at Recordings. 1979-81. The theme is based on that of the Duettino for two violins by Shilakowsky, written more than twenty years before this piece was conceived. Dreamy, slightly dissonant. Not a strict fugue, bluesy modality clashes with modernity.
ShilakowskyArts presents: New Compositions Written by Harris Shilakowsky, former concertmaster of Charleston, New Orleans, Grand Rapids, and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, and guest leader of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Sharon Gewirtz was a serious professional violinist, teacher of the violin friend and supporter of fine music. This piece was written to remember her and her music. It was premiered by the composer at a memorial concert on June 26, 2007 in First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Arlington. The music contains gentle references to other composers and Jewish influences. I intended it to be solemn yet not overly sad, but rather to reflect on the beauty and joy that music brings to our lives and that Sharon brought to so many, as shown by the outpouring of expression from so many friends and associates.
This composition was written by Harris Shilakowsky, former concertmaster of Charleston, New Orleans, Grand Rapids, and Omaha Symphony Orchestras, and guest leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. The Duettino for 2 Violins, was written in 1971 while attending the Thelma Yellin School for the Arts in Israel, and was premiered there. The Fiddlers' Fugue, scored for five violins is based on the theme from this piece.For study, an mp3 recording by the composer is is available for purchase in the Recordings section.