Just thinking back to 2007 when in one year I wrote a bagpipe concerto, 3 fiddle solos, 1 fiddle duet and a fiddle concerto! What a year… I don’t think I written much more than a tune since then – knackered.
The concept for these pieces was to show of how fantastic Scottish fiddlers are and how they can hold their own in any genre. I also wanted to write music that showcased of the repertoire and featured the musicians bringing their own feel to the music. So rather than completely dictating how the music would sound I wrote it in a way that the music would sound different when it is played by different fiddlers. You can download all the scores here. http://www.mediafire.com/folder/vf77fzzzdrwmf/Simon_Thoumire_compositions
Here is the fiddle duet on YouTube played brilliantly by Aidan O’Rourke and Patsy Reid. It’s in two bits as you could only upload 10 mins to YouTube a few years back…