Violin Concerto (In Memoriam)
Malcolm Fox

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Violin Concerto (In Memoriam) (1980)
solo violin, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons,
4 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, timpani,
2 percussion, harp, strings, organ (optional)

23 minutes
Performing Materials:
University of Adelaide
John Bishop Memorial Commission

World Premiere:
13 July 1980
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
Solo Violin: Ronald Woodcock
Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Myer Fredman

Additional Notes:
Studio recording of Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (conductor Patrick Thomas) Australian Broadcasting Corporation,1982
Broadcast by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Subsequent performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Featured in finals of ABC Instrumental & Vocal Competition, 1982
Composer's Notes:
During John Bishop's period as Elder Professor and Director of the Elder Conservatorium, a number of overseas organists gave recitals in Adelaide. On one such occasion, the organist in question agreed to improvise on any theme given to him. John Bishop wrote out a theme, upon which the organist improvised an extended contrapuntal composition.

The original manuscript of this theme is now lost and only the first four notes can now be remembered with any certainty.

The Violin Concerto is based on these four notes. It falls into three sections, which follow each other without a break:

Prelude - andante sostenuto
Fugue - allegro con fuoco