MELIA WATRAS: SELVAGGIO
for violin solo (2018)
World Premiere: coming soon
Selvaggio was written for violinist extraordinaire Mark Fewer. Mr. Fewer was commissioning new solo caprices for violin, written by, as he described it, recognized virtuosi on different instruments, and I was honored and excited when he asked me to contribute. I was taken with this idea of looking at the violin caprice from different angles, and being a part of a diverse collection of composer/performers, united in the same goal.
With Paganini as my spiritual guide, I set about writing my caprice, incorporating some material from my composition Folk Style Project (2015-2018), a collection of works for various voices and instruments. During the process, I found (coincidentally, and rather fittingly) that the retrograde inversion of a theme from my piece (one) resulted in something that bore a resemblance to the opening of Paganini’s 20th Caprice.