• Peter Maxwell Davies
  • Mrs Linklater's Tune (1998)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Dedicated to the memory of Majorie Linklater

Programme Note

This unaffected but effective piece is a homage to the late Marjorie Linklater, a much-loved friend from Orkney, and a charming set-piece for violinists of moderate ability. The slow introductory adagio serves the function of a fond elegy, proving the simple effect of moving between D minor and D major. It serves the songful quality of the violin, as does the wistful central episode of the main sequence; but an exuberant love of the dance is the essence of the allegro, with the high, bright sonority of the instrument very much to the fore.

David Nice