Victor Davies
Victor Davies
Composition Date: 1978
Revision Date: 1978
Duration: 00:33:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Orchestra


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Other electronic
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Full orchestra
Programme Note:

Victor Davies

Pulsations, 1978

Commissioned by: Arthur Polson, with the assistance of the CBC

This virtuoso concerto was commissioned by Arthur Polson for electric violin and orchestra. Polson premiered the piece using a microphone
pickup on his Amati instrument and later recorded the piece with the LSO and Erich Kunzel conducting using the RAAD electric violin. The work can also be played by acoustic violin. Further sound enhancements such as
wa-wa, echo, etc. can added if played on amplified or electric violin.
Guitar, bass guitar, drums and electric piano are included in the orchestration, and add to the ‘jazz-rock’ sound palette.

Pulsations is in three movements: ‘The Wheel Of Fire’, ‘Sunday Afternoon’, and ‘Between the Planets’.”

Premiere Information:
Arthur Polson, violin, CBC Winnipeg Orchestra, Brian Priestman, conductor, Winnipeg, December 7, 1978


  • Call Number:
  • MI 9400 D257pu
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Orchestra
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 16, 1989
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 2 v. (186 p.) ;
    186 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Duration: ca. 33:00.
    Solo electric violin/3222/4331/timp, perc(2), drums, piano (accoustic and electric), bass guitar, electric guitar/strings.
    1. Wheel of fire -- 2. Sunday afternoon -- 3. Between the planets.
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