‘Hora Bessarabia’ a new work for solo violin, commissioned from Roxanna Panufnik for the Seniors in the Menuhin Competition for 2016
The world premiere was performed by Jiafeng Chen at the Opening Concert on 7 April at the Royal Festival Hall.
Roxanna Panufnik writes:
“I am especially thrilled to be composing something for the Competition in memory of Yehudi Menuhin, whom I met many times. I remember a man of enormous warmth, gentle kindness and good humour. For my piece, Hora Bessarabia, I have drawn inspiration from Yehudi’s love of Eastern European Gypsy music – using Romanian melodies and fiendish-but-fun Bulgarian Gypsy rhythms.”
The world premiere will be performed by Jiafeng Chen at the Opening Concert on 7 April at the Royal Festival Hall.