17 January, 2018
Girl was written for the Yale New Music Workshop which took place in Connecticut in June-July 2017.
It is based on the Iranian folk melody ‘Dokhtare Boyer Ahmadi’, meaning the girl from the town of Boyer Ahmadi. In the central section of the piece this melody comes to the surface and is clearly outlined by the cello, later joined by violin.
All other parts of the piece also derive from this melody but in a much more fractured way. As a result, Girl is an exploration of folk melodies as collective memorialisation, considering how memories are warped, altered, fragmented and ultimately re-imagined across time and space.
Girl was premiered at the Norfolk New Music festival in Connecticut, USA and performed again at the Oviedo New Music Festival, Spain.