Violin and Piano Recital Program Note
Violin and Piano Recital

Program Note

Starry Night in Four Quadrants is a collaborative work for violin and piano. Structure is provided, but the players are given the freedom to create their own phrases. The Players also perform independently from one another. The score to Starry Night consists of four lettered sections or 'quadrants', A-D. A single quadrant contains numbers of three different sizes and styles.

“The brightest stars appear to form patterns or star-groups in the sky, which are known as constellations. In ancient Greece, people imagined they could see the shapes of animals, gods, and heroes among the stars, and named them accordingly. Overall, there are 88 constellations located throughout the northern and southern hemispheres.

The numbers which appear in the score represent the number of stars in a single constellation, while the position of the numbers on the page correspond to the relative position of the star-groups in the sky. There are 36 constellations represented in the northern hemisphere (violin), while 39 are located in the southern hemisphere (piano). Two sets of numbers representing the constellations Virgo and Cetus overlap both hemispheres. The three styles of numbers used in the score were drawn from the names of the various constellations, based on the position of the first letter of each name in the alphabet.”  John Holland (from Note to Starry Night)