MELIA WATRAS: DOPPELGÄNGER DANCES
for violin solo (2017)
World Premiere: Michael Jinsoo Lim, violin; March 28, 2018, Seattle, WA
Doppelgänger Dances is a work that explores aspects of doubles, in both literary and musical senses. I’ve long had a fascination with doppelgänger stories (those written by Dostoevsky, Gogol, and Poe in particular): the conflicted soul, the intertwined dance of good and evil, questioned reality; and the musical use of the double: a variation, usually twice as fast as the original movement, with notable practitioners such as Bach, Handel and Biber, among others.
In my piece, I experiment with these concepts of the double, using pairs of themes, at times in conflict, and other times in harmony. I also play with the idea of musical doubles, creating variations on thematic material quoted from my earlier composition, the folk style song William Wilson, which includes text and takes it’s title from Edgar Allan Poe’s doppelgänger story.
Doppelgänger Dances was written for my better half, violinist Michael Jinsoo Lim.