Looking for Post-Modern/Minimalist Solo Violin Works

Edited: January 25, 2019, 12:00 PM · I have a monthly opportunity to play a solo piece or two in concert, and would like to find more pieces for unaccompanied violin, or with a very approachable piano part (not much time to rehearse with the pianist). I'd prefer pieces that are more tonal (doesn't have to be strictly tonal), and I tend to gravitate to the more minimalist composers (Pärt, Glass, Richter). Does anyone have suggestions? I already have Mercy by Max Richter, Fratres by Part. I'm also open to pieces that cross-pollinate with jazz, folk/fiddle, blues, etc (I have the Tango Etudes by Piazzolla, as well). I know there are some great composers out there that I just haven't discovered yet!
Thanks in advance!!

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January 25, 2019, 12:06 PM · The most minimal piece of music I know:


John Harbison's Songs of Solitude are nice too.

January 25, 2019, 1:15 PM · Pärt's Spiegel im Spiegel
Edited: January 26, 2019, 6:16 PM · Just wondering, if you can improvise convincingly in a modernist or minimalist style then that could be worth thinking about.
January 26, 2019, 5:48 PM · Trevor's idea is interesting.
Edited: January 27, 2019, 6:56 AM · I love Richter. There is a violin/piano reduction of his album "Recomposed" that I like a lot, you can get the partiture book in amazon.
I also follow Ólafur Arnalds, he has a violin solo piece, 3326, that I think it's what you are looking for.
Ólafur Arnalds publishes his sheet music in his webpage.
January 27, 2019, 9:54 AM · Julie-- I wasn't familiar with the Feldman, but I realized I've heard the Songs of Solitude before-- thanks for those suggestions.

Scott-- I actually have Spiegel Im Spiegel, and I love that piece. Good call.

Trevor,that's an interesting idea- I'll look into that.

Thanks for your suggestions, Carlos-- Richter is one of my favorites, and I'll look into 3326!

Edited: January 28, 2019, 9:35 AM · Lots of great stuff out there, I think, though not always along the lines of what you indicated in your post. Here are a few that might fit the bill:

Peace Variations for Solo Violin (Michael Shapiro)

The Doors in the Sky, Op. 706 (Carson Cooman)

Aires de tango (Jose Serebrier)

I have no axe to grind (Randall Woolf)

Until Next Time (Kenji Bunch)

Arches (Kevin Puts)

Bird as Prophet, Martin Bresnick (violin and piano)

January 28, 2019, 11:57 AM · Hi! Not really minimalist, but it's an awesome piece for solo violin that I played on a recital a few years ago: The Stream Flows by Bright Sheng. Elliott Carter's Four Lauds for solo violin are also great.

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