Dialogue in the Dark op179. For Violin and Double Bass, 7’. Composed 1.12.2014, St Albans. FP: 12 February 2015, Birmingham Conservatory, Susanne Stanzeleit, violin, Leon Bosch, double bass. Publ: Meladina Press
“Dialogue in the Dark” – is a music conversation between two completely opposite string instruments: violin and double bass. This 7-minute piece was completed on the 1st of December 2014 and numbered as op. 179. The piece has two contrast parts: the first is a song-like introduction and the second is a set of variations on “basso ostinato”, sort of dance-like passacaglia. This form is at the core of Russian music tradition since Glinka’s famous orchestral piece called “Kamarinskaya”. The duo was written at the request of a wonderful bass player Leon Bosch whom I collaborated with since 1992. In this work I made his name (B-O-S-C-H) to sound as a theme for passacaglia. This is the video of the London premiere of the piece played by Tomo Keller, violin, and Leon Bosch, double bass at the St John's Smith Square, London on 3rd of June 2018.
Bio: Dmitri N. Smirnov
Born 2 November 1948 in Minsk into a family of opera singers. He graduated Moscow Conservatoire in 1972, where studied with Edison Denisov, and also privately with Webern's pupil Philip Herschkowitz. Smirnov was one of the founders of Russia's new Association for Contemporary Music, established in Moscow in 1990. Since 1991 he and his wife, the composer Elena Firsova, have been resident in England. Here they have shared the position of Composer-in-Residence at Cambridge University (St John's College), spent a year at Dartington (1992). Since 1993 Smirnov was a Visiting Professor at Keele University and later taught at the Goldsmiths college of Music in London. He composes music in many different genres from opera, oratorio, symphony to chamber, vocal and electro-acoustic music. His music has been played by international conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Sir Andrew Davis, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Eötvös, Oliver Knussen, Gennadi Rozhdestvenski, Gunther Schuller, Vassily Sinaisky, and Yan Pascal Tortelier.