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Brother is an intimate duet for violin and viola in four movements.
Throughout the piece the two instruments are very closely intertwined. Their colours fuse and coalesce. Together they weave patterns of sound, tracing lines that arc, overlap, dovetail and mirror one another, sometimes
exchanging sounds, sometimes speaking as one voice.

The final movement was composed first, and was written in a single day while on a residency in Massachusetts in 2012. Three more movements were commissioned by London Contemporary Orchestra and premiered by Galya Bisengalieva and Robert Ames at the Roundhouse in London in 2015.

Since then Galya and Rob have gone onto perform the piece numerous times internationally and have truly got under the skin of this music. They fully inhabit it, playing together with grace and focus, moving between intensity of tone and a very special lightness of touch.

"The piece is dedicated to my brothers. I look back on it now as a turning point in my approach to writing music". – Edmund Finnis

Edmund Finnis’ ‘Brother’ was recently used in Icelandic filmmaker Hlynur
Palmason’s ‘A White, White Day’ – which premiered at the London Film
Festival at the BFI on the 6th October and a general release in March 2020.


released November 22, 2019

Composer - Edmund Finnis


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Galya Bisengalieva London, UK

Galya is an award winning Kazakh/British violinist making her own work as a soloist, improviser and collaborator with artists and composers of varied genres.

She has collaborated with composers Steve Reich, Laurie Spiegel, Suzanne Ciani, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros as well as commissioning and performing new works by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Sarah Davachi, Ipek Gorgun and Mica Levi.
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