Free Standards

Newman, Chris

About the work

Regarding the piece Free Standards dating from 2010, 2nd half, scored for solo violin and chamber orchestra, this is an attempt to present the act of becoming as a solid state rather than something “on the way”. Of course points of departure and arrival (one a transformation of the other) are denoted, defined, and as a point of reference for the “becoming”. The role of the solo violin is one of an orchestral section rather than a solo voice in dialogue with the orchestra. Here “becoming” interests me not just as a way but as a substance in its own right. This piece was written for Darragh Morgan and CoMA London. Chris Newman

First performance: St Leonard’s Church Shoreditch on 20th March 2012


Written for CoMA London and Darragh Morgan


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score & parts


Sample score



10m 00s




Flexible Ensemble with Solo Instrument


Solo violin, vln, vla, vc, fl, cl 1 + 2, guitar, horn in Eb, trb, bsn, kbd
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