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Ananda Dances


 for String Quartet or Violin and Piano

Quartet, January 21--March 30, 2008; Violin and Piano, March 7--April 7, 2009
Duration: about 24 minutes             Photo above: first quartet performance

for Ananda-Eric Pritchard

premiere performance of the quartet; Feb. 24, 2013 by Eric Pritchard, Mary Kay Robinson, violins; David Marschall, viola; Virginia Hudson, cello, at Meredith College, Raleigh NC

video (YouTube)       Score, String Quartet PDF      Quartet parts      Cover

Score, Violin and Piano PDF     Violin Part     Cover

The recording for violin and piano was done at Duke University by Eric Pritchard and Randall Love, October 2009.

Introduction by Pat Marriot, from the WHQR broadcast of April 28, 2014 (mp3)

Exit by Pat Marriott, WHQR (mp3)

I. Waltz      [6:10]   Qiartet: MP3   WAV (CD quality)  Violin and Piano: MP3   WAV

   Allegro WCPE : Slow Waltz: Tempo I

II. Texas Two Step [5:03]  Quartet:  MP3   WAV   Violin and Piano: MP3    WAV  

   Amarillo ma non troppo  

III. Slowest Waltz   [6:33] Quartet: MP3      WAV  Violin and Piano: MP3       WAV

   Where Wings Take Dream  


IV. Wild Gipsy Fling  [6:26] Quartet: MP3   WAV Violin and Piano:  MP3     WAV



          (Notes updated to November 23, 2023) My second composition, in 1972, was a string quartet, performed at Phillips Academy, Andover Massachusetts, before I had been told how formidable a task it is to add to the literature. Soon after it was discarded. In 2003 I wrote Nocturne and Minuet for string quartet, and I arranged it for string orchestra or string quintet. It is intended for student players in its technical demands. There are four piano quintets; the chamber versions of Chamber Concerto, Variations on the Grosse Fuge, Cubic Deviations, and  Symphony No. 2: From God's Back 40. Also, the Mantra Cantata chamber version is for piano quintet and four-part chorus.
          This piece was the first time I have written a string quartet that calls on the capability of highly skilled musicians, which has allowed greater depth and intensity. It also was the first music Iíve written with the possibility of dance intended from conception. As such, the movements are restricted in rhythmic ambiguity, and there is only one short instance of meter change within a movement in the finale. It is more customary in my music to have more complex rhythms and meter changes that would make choreography difficult.
          The first and third movements are waltzes, a form I find very useful and which crops up quite a few times in other scores. The tempo marking in the first movement is a reference to a local classical radio station that, after many years of very conservative programming, included new music from 2010 to 2023 hidden away late on Sunday nights, including some of mine from time to time. The second movement, Texas Two Step, pays at least nominal tribute to the state of my birth and home for many years. I canít claim much authenticity in its two-stepness but at least itís fairly up-tempo and in 4/4, and appropriate for a formal and rather crazed square dance. The last movement, Wild Gypsy Fling, stems from the inspired fiddling and great musicianship of the Roma people. I have long admired George Enescu for his violin playing and composition, and have put a little of his flavor into this finale. Although 40 generations removed from their homeland in India, the Roma were originally musicians in a huge Vishnu temple complex, which is harmonious with my personal spiritual practice.
          This quartet is one of a series of pieces written for Ananda-Eric Pritchard, first violinist of the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University.  At Ericís request, I arranged this work for violin and piano (March 7óApril 7 2009), which was recorded by him and Randall Love at Duke in October 2009 for a CD of my music.

Musician Biographies

Virginia Ewing Hudson teaches cello and related subjects at Meredith College and has taught Music Appreciation at St. Augustine College. She co-directs youth programs for both the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and is director of Meredith's Live Oak Chamber Music Camp. 
Hudson has appeared as soloist with The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Raleigh Civic Symphony and The Blue Lake Festival Orchestra. She has performed as a chamber musician with The Mallarme and Meredith Chamber Players and is a member of the Triangle Quartet. Hudson has served as principal cello for The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, The Opera Company of NC, The Greensboro Symphony, The Raleigh Symphony, The Raleigh Civic Symphony, The Blue Lake Festival Orchestra and The International Music Program. She has also performed with the NC Symphony. Hudson has studied cello with such luminaries as Robert Marsh, Lev Aronson, Paul Olefsky and Colin Carr and chamber music with Josef Gingold and Dan Welcher. She has been heard on radio broadcasts, PBS, and various record labels.

Randall Love, pianist, native of Colorado, recently retired from teaching piano and fortepiano at Duke. He has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has performed Bill Robinson's music on several occasions.
David Marschall was a member of the North Carolina Symphony beginning in 1987. He was appointed Associate Principal Viola in 2007. Since 1990, he spent his summers playing in the orchestra of the Santa Fe Opera. David was a member of the chamber ensemble Quercus, and he was a member of New Music Raleigh, an ensemble dedicated to the music of living composers. He performed regularly in the Peace College Chamber Music Series and with the Mallarme Chamber Players. He performed on Bill Robinsonís 2012 concert at Duke.
       David has also served as Principal Viola for the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. He was a member of the New Orleans Symphony, the Innsbruck (Austria) Symphony, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Colorado Philharmonic. 
       A native of Columbus, Ohio, David studied first at Ohio State, and he received his Master's degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Karen Tuttle. His viola was made in 2009 by Grubaugh and Seifert of California. David's wife, Amy, teaches German and English at Raleigh Charter High School, and they have two sons, Philip and Owen.

Eric Pritchard, violinist, has been a member of Ciompi Quartet since 1995 and was formerly the first violinist of the Alexander and Oxford Quartets. Mr. Pritchard has taught at Miami University, San Francisco State University, City University of New York and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Award in Violin as well as the first-prize winner at the Portsmouth (England) International String Quartet Competition and the Coleman and Fischoff national chamber music competitions. He has performed widely as a recitalist and as soloist with the Boston Pops and orchestras in Europe and South America. His major teachers were Eric Rosenblith, Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian and Isadore Tinkleman and he holds degrees from Indiana University and the Juilliard School. He has performed many works by Bill Robinson since 2006.
Mary Kay Robinson, violinist, is a 1968 graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Ivan Galamian. She studied chamber music with Felix Galimir, Donald Weilerstein, Josef Gingold and members of the Guarneri String Quartet. She furthered her education with studies with  Glenn Dicterow, Gregory Fulkerson and Gerald Beal.    Her first job after graduation was as violin instructor at the University of Tennessee, in her hometown of Knoxville, where she filled in for her former teacher, William Starr, who was on sabbatical in Japan. She was a member of the University of Tennessee String Quartet and later held a similar position in the University of Maryland String Quartet.
           She has toured with Solisti New York and spent many summers playing with the OK Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Bellingham Festival of Music. In 2008 she taught at Duke University as well as maintaining a private studio. Also that year, she performed Bill Robinsonís Sonata for Solo Violin #4 at Brevard, NC. She performed on Bill Robinsonís 2012 concert at Duke. Bill has composed two pieces for her to play with her husband oboist Joseph Robinson.