• Most Respected Classical Music Platform
  • #classicalForever

Composer Nicholas McRoberts' New "Adagio for Strings"


The Violin Channel recently discussed the piece with Australian and Paris-based composer Nicholas McRoberts.

"The last two years have been strange difficult times for the world," Nicholas told The Violin Channel. "Fear, suffering, sacrifice, and a strange kind of suspended animation… like time has stopped.

"I have always been a great admirer of Barber’s extraordinary Adagio for Strings. I wanted to write a piece that would evoke the sadness and loss of the times we are living through now. But I also wanted to write something restrained and heartfelt, in the classical tradition — to try to find that frontier where suffering can be beautiful and moving and even transcendental.

"I was asked by Friederike Kienle and the Nürtinger Chamber Orchestra to write a new piece for the 11th of November, Armistice Day 2021. She asked me to write something that could be performed alongside Tchaikovsky’s Serenade, a daunting task. I wanted to write a piece that evoked the anonymous bravery of the hundreds of thousands of people who died to make Europe what it is today. Somehow through all the darkness of the 20th century, people have always been able to hang onto hope.

"I always want people to feel something intensely personal — my favorite music is not 'about' something but more an abstract expression that strikes a chord in me. People have told me the adagio is sad, suspended in time, consoling, melancholy, dramatic. All of these impressions work for me. In the end, I hope it is moving."




upcoming events

may 2024

06may01junQueen Elisabeth Violin Competition12:00 am - (june 1) 11:59 pm Flagey ASBL-VZW, Pl. Sainte-Croix, 1050 Bruxelles, BelgiumEvent Type :competitions Event Tagscompetition,Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition,violinFOLLOW

27mayAll Day31New York Classic Violin Competition(All Day) Manhattan School of Music, 130 Claremont Ave, New York, NY 10027Event Type :competitions Event TagsClassic Violin Olympus International Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

june 2024

06junAll Day13Khachaturian International Violin Competition(All Day) Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall, 46 Mesrop Mashtots Ave, Yerevan, ArmeniaEvent Type :competitions Event TagsKhachaturian International Competition,violin competitionFOLLOW

08junAll Day16Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition(All Day) Romolo Valli Municipal Theatre, Piazza Martiri del 7 Luglio, 1, 42121 Reggio Emilia RE, Italy Event Type :competitions Event TagsPremio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition,string quartet competitionFOLLOW

17junAll Day22Primrose International Viola Competition(All Day) Colburn School, 200 S Grand AveEvent Type :competitions Event TagsPrimrose International Viola Competition,Primrose Viola CompetitionFOLLOW


Get ALL our latest conveniently by EMAIL

Our newsletter is trusted by over 100,000+ industry professionals around the world

We deliver news straight to your inbox and will never share your data.
You'll never miss a beat!

click left click right