Beyond Time
for violin and piano

Alexina Louie
Alexina Louie
Composition Date: 2014
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Violin


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
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Programme Note:
It is a privilege to compose a new work for a musician of such breathtaking talent as James
Ehnes. As well as being a privilege, it is a daunting task, especially given the richness and
depth of the violin repertoire.
Quite uncharacteristically, I began writing the last movement, Perpetual, first. I set out to
compose a highly charged movement that would showcase James’ prodigious technique,
which seems to be, to this non-violinist composer, superhuman. Added to this is his deep and
profound musicality. Perpetual begins with a volley of repeated notes in both instruments. The
central section moves through a series of slow rising piano chords over which the violin begins
descending melodic gestures. Gradually the gestures transform into fast, virtuosic lines with
each repetition. The violin finally ends the piece with fast ascending running passages.
Knowing how the piece ended, I set out to write an opening movement that would also be
virtuosic however, I wanted this movement to sparkle and I wrote extended passages of string
harmonics to achieve this goal. I really love this sound and ask that the player create a bell-like
sound right from the first bar. This movement ends with an effervescent, scintillating texture
achieved through repeated patterns that eventually become the piano’s final musical gestures.
Over these patterns I reprise some of the opening material in the violin. At the end of
Celestial, the violin trades harmonic glissandi with glissandi on the piano, as the sound
disappears into a realm of light in the highest registers of both instruments.
The second movement, Eternal, can be thought of as an internalized, quiet, lyrical interlude
between the two fast outer movements. The violin plays simple, but moving melodic lines over
a piano phrase which repeats several times. Finally, over repeated chords in the piano, the
violin bends toward a final resolution of the melodic line into the bell-like sonority of the
repeated keyboard chord.
The title, Beyond Time, suggests that the piece stands outside of time, in an infinite sound
world - Celestial, Eternal, Perpetual.
Beyond Time was commissioned by James Ehnes through the assistance of The Canada
Council and The Ontario Arts Council and is dedicated to him.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3211 L888bey
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Violin
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 8, 2018
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    41 Pages
    Height: 12 inches
    Width: 9 inches
    Parts page count: 16
    16 Pages
    Height: 12 inches
    Width: 9 inches
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