This Violin Concerto consists of 12 Songs that can be performed in any sequential order as chosen by the soloist. The separate songs can be performed also separately as standalone pieces, and also smaller collections of songs can be selected and performed in any combinations and sequences.
The songs can be either dovetailed or separated, as chosen by the soloist. The following 3 methods can be used:
1. Dovetail the end of a song to the beginning of the next song;
2. Short breath (up to 3 sec.) between the end of a song and the beginning of the next song, so that an overall connection is perceived, but the short breath between the songs becomes a structural highlight;
3. Break between two songs (over 3 sec.) - this effects a clear separation, as between the movements of a traditional Concerto.
Any of these three methods can be applied between the songs in any configurations and distributions.
The orchestral parts in this score can be performed either by a string quintet or a string ensemble, or a larger string orchestra.
Although structurally it may appear that the 12 songs are separate pieces, they are all interconnected - more particularly a method is used where 3 ideas are revealed through 4 aspects resulting in a structure of 12 interconnected movements. For this reason the Concerto works as a holistic work with a symphonic structure, regardless of whether that unity would be emphasised further by dovetailing the songs together, or separating them, and regardless of any rearrangement of sequence order, which features are left to the soloist's discretion, and the manifold possible combinations are all equally valid options for performing and hearing the work.
The Concerto is dedicated to all medical doctors, researchers and health workers. It was completed in London during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.