LUX LEVIS (2022)

For violin, piano, and electronics (tape).

Commissioned by the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) as part The ANAM Set (2021). Written for Josef Hanna, and given its world premiere on 14 May, 2022, at the Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne. The ANAM Set was funded by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative.
Full duration: 6 minutes 40 seconds.

Lux Levis evokes the fracture of white light into rainbow colours, a resplendent natural phenomenon known as dispersion. As light transitions from one medium to another, different frequencies will bend to varying degrees, fanning out across the rainbow spectrum. In this work, the pure tones of the violin’s open strings splinter into their harmonic components upon the transition from live performance to electronic media. The effect is ephemeral, like the glance of sunlight through a window in the late afternoon.

Lux Levis is a graphic score read in the Decibel ScorePlayer application. The work was developed via a cross-country collaboration between Perth and Melbourne.