scoring: four violins
commissioned: by the Yehudi Menuhin School for their visit to the United States as part of the Bicentennial Celebrations, with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain.
status: available for performance
5 July 1976, Baird Auditorium, Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
8 July 1976, British Embassy, Washington DC (at a banquet for President Ford, hosted by the Queen)
11 July 1976, QEH - UK premiere.
All of the above were given by students of the Yehudi Menuhin School: Krysia Osostowicz, Ming-Feng Hsin, Colin Twigg and Ralph de Souza.
Smithsonian Institute holds a recording of the performance which took place there.
Dordfiansa (spear clashing dance)
This work was commissioned for the Yehudi Menuhin School’s visit to the United States as part of the Bicentennial Celebrations, with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. The Gaelic word ‘ceilidh’ (pronounced ‘kali’) means ‘a visit’ and is used to describe the traditional practice of music-making, with its emphasis on contrasted items involving singing, dancing and instrumental performance of considerable virtuosity in which the violin takes an important part.
Lilas Wiltshire, "Menuhin's Violin Students Play to Full House in MNH", The Smithsonian Torch, No. 76-7, August 1976, page 2
Thanks also to Ralph de Souza for further information.