The Concerto i’r Ffidil – Llonyddwch Tyner (‘Concerto for Violin – Soft Stillness’) addresses the various approaches of creatively representing the narrative within the concerto genre. The piece was inspired by quotations from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice during the 450th anniversary of the author’s birth.
As a genre generally associated with the romantic era, the concerto is more closely associated with absolute music and the relationship created between the soloist and orchestra. The approaches of this concerto differs in that the soloist is more in confrontation with the orchestra, exploring such areas as the dialogue, antiphonal effects and the rhythmic complexities of orchestral layers in contrast with the lyrical qualities of the solo part. During the slow second and final movement, both parts seems to be slowly drawn closer, as if pulled together by an imaginative magnetic force, until the emergence of the ‘sweet’ chord towards the end of the piece.
The concerto was premiered by Madeleine Mitchell (violin) and the Orchestra of the Swann (directed by David Curtis) at Prichard-Jones Hall, Bangor University in 2014 as part of the Bangor Music Festival and released on commercial CD on the Signum label in 2017.