Innisfree Garden opened earlier this year than it has in the past, though the daffodil viewings scheduled for April were put off, waiting for the daffodils to catch up. Finally, by May 3, they had.
The day before the visit to Innisfree, violinist Sabrina Tabby, who is graduating from Bard’s Conservatory of Music this year and will go on to Northwestern University for an advanced degree, gave her degree recital. The well-conceived and beautifully performed program, Something Old, Something New . . . included, along with works by J. S. Bach and the premiere of a fine new work by Bard student Tamzin Ferré Elliott, Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major (1923-1927) and Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Sz. 86 (1928). (For photographs from the recital, click here.)
For the Ravel and Bartók on Spotify, click here.
Tamzin Elliott’s Sveitaar, sveimen var Kvieoinen: ‘Koorwei, Koorwei
While not the piece played at the recital, Sveitaar garnered some very fine press and has a wonderful back-story. As reported by Zachary Woolfe in the New York Times:
It is hard enough for a young composer to invent sounds. But Tamzin Elliott invented an entire culture. . . . I left the concert eager to hear more of this simultaneously archaic and fresh Ingaaric music. But there was no mention of it in the authoritative New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. A Google search yielded nothing. It seemed that Ms. Elliott had played a clever trick on her audience. Her elegant hoax was the highlight of the showcase, “First Songs” . . .