This is the second to last piece from the concert videos, and there are two different versions of the piece available to be watched:
The Norse Suite – concert version & The Norse Suite – final version
The difference between the two videos is that after the premiere performance (concert version), I made some revisions to the piece… changing some sections, moving a couple of things around, cutting some stuff out, and linking the 3rd and 4th movements. And as I wanted to have video for all of my PhD pieces I had to ask Adam, Yotam, and Dan if they would mind recording the piece again so that I could have the new final version of the piece on file.
SO… if you only have time to watch one version, I would recommend the Final Version… but if you want to hear the difference, and see what it was like in the concert, then please watch the Concert version as well.
The Norse Suite – J.Mayall
for viola and cello
Viola: Adam Maha
Cello: Yotam Levy
This piece was originally intended for the combination of viola and electric guitar. Unfortunately writing contemporary classical music (with traditional notation) is difficult for electric guitar as many rock guitarists come from a background very different to that of score-reading classical musicians. The piece was then adapted for viola and cello – but it aims to retain a lot of that stylistic writing for guitar, and tries to re-create crunchy distortions and electronic delay effects using only the natural sound of the instruments.
Recorded at the Gallagher Concert Chamber at the University of Waikato
The Norse Suite – Final Version from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.
The Norse Suite – concert version from Jeremy Mayall on Vimeo.