- violin and drum (say darabuka or djembe)
- violin and mmetal percussion (including vibraphone)
- violin and drum kit
Commissioned by Claire Edwardes, funded by a composer fellowship from the Music Board of Australia Council for the Arts
First performance by Antipoduo - Sarah Oates (violin), Claire Edwardes (percussion), Noordekerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 29 January 2005
The three movements of War and Peace are quite distinct. ‘March’, for violin and darabouka (or djembe, or some other portable drum) contains hardly any bars of two or four beats and so is technically impossible to march to. There should be more marches like this. ‘No Man’s Land’ is an attempt at peaceful music for violin and metal percussion. ‘The Armed Man’ (which exists also as a percussion solo) is music of virtuoso belligerence and quotes a well known national anthem.
This piece was composed for Antipoduo in the second half of 2004.