World Premiere of Georgiev’s Triptych: London, 26 Nov 2014
The World Premiere of Martin Georgiev’s Triptych for Violin and Piano was given by Yana Burova – Violin, and Fiammetta Tarli – Piano, at a recital on 26 November 2014 at 7.30 PM at The Salvation Army Regent Hall (275 Oxford Street, London W1C 2DJ), within the framework of the 3rd London Festival of Bulgarian Culture (LFBC), alongside music by Tchaikovky, Vladigerov, Bartok, Khachaturian, Kutev and Vulchanov. The three pieces comprising Georgiev’s Triptych were composed between 2009 and 2013, and the last of them – Guiding Star, written for Burova and Tarli received its world premiere at the concert. Midnight Song was commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music for The Story of London initiative of the Mayor of London and premiered by Helena Nichols and Charlene Farrugia within the framework of the festival in 2009. In this piece Georgiev was asked “to predict his late style” as an imaginary reference to the future of music in London.
The composer responded with an imagined “swan song”, a work one would write on one’s deathbed. Emphasis is put on economy of texture and beauty of melodic line. Prayers fade in sunset fires was written for and premiered by Carolyn Stuart and Svetozar Ivanov at Salle Gaveau, Paris in 2010. It is a troubled reflection of a civilization in decline. The two pieces featured also among the various activities as part of Georgiev’s tenure as Composer in Residence to the City of Heidelberg, Germany, 2012-13, when they were given in recital by Valya Dervenska and Nadja Höbarth at the Heidelberg Theater, Germany. Guiding Star is a poetic nocturne infused with the quiet hope and peaceful joy of the night of the Nativity. Georgiev’s signature technique for composition – Morphing Modality has been applied throughout the three works.