Adieu Babylon
for violin and piano

Sid Robinovitch
Composition Date: 1991
Revision Date: 1991
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Violin

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
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Programme Note:
Adieu Babylon was written during the month of February 1991, when the Persian Gulf War was in full force, and was completed just after the final land invasion of Kuwait. Part of the music has a recognizably middle-eastern quality (Iraq is the site of ancient Babylon) and is intended as a lament for those who have suffered in that part of the world both in ancient and modern times. Three different arrangements of the piece have been written for each of violin., viola, and cello, along with piano accompaniment. The music is built around several contrasting motifs which reappear in varying degrees of disintegration throughout the work. The title of the piece is taken from a biographical novel by Iraqi-born author Nairn Kattan, and the opening page of the score contains the following verse from Psalm 137: "By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept."

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3211 R656ad
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Violin
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 5, 1992
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ([19] p.) + 1 violin part ([8] p.) ;
    19 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
    Parts page count: 8
  • Additional Information:
  • For violin and piano.
    Also exists in versions for viola and violoncello.
    Photocopy; original in CMC Toronto.
    Commissioned by the 1991 Eckhardt-Gramatté Competition through the Manitoba Arts Council.
    A response to the 1991 Persion Gulf War.
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