• Dave Heath
  • Rumania

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)
  • violin [flute]pf

Programme Note

Rumania was written for Nigel Kennedy, who gave the first performance with John Lenehan at the Wigmore Hall, London, on l0th December, 1982.
After starting my musical career as a classical flautist I soon became frustrated with the repertoire and decided to write my own music, based on my experiences in modern jazz and Indian music. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of several young musicians - notably John Harle and Nigel Kennedy - about my first piece, "Out of Cool", I wrote "Rumania" in 1979.
Rumania develops many of the ideas contained in "Out of the Cool", taking inspiration from musical disparate as that of Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner, the Ysaye Violin Sonata and
Bartok's Rumanian Dances - hence the title. It is in one movement which consists of a number of episodes: the slow sections in particular should be very free rhythmically, an
each performer should feel free to interpret the piece in hi own way. The pedalling marks, however, are more specific, as I have used them to show how notes and chords are to be sustained. Some of the blurred effects may seem strange at first, but this pedalling is essential to the style of the piece.

-- Dave Heath