Kevin Volans

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As a white man born in South Africa in 1949, trained largely in Europe in the 1970s, and eventually patriated in Ireland in the 1980s, Kevin Volans has often confronted in his music the issue of identity.…
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
String Quartet No. 1 ("White Man Sleeps") 1982 Chamber Music
String Quartet No 2 "Hunting: Gathering" 1987 Chamber Music
Umzi Watsha (The House Is Burning), song Vocal Music
Piano Concerto No. 1, for piano, wind instruments & orchestra 1995 Concerto
Walking song, for flute, harpsichord & 4 handclappers/fingerclickers 1984 Chamber Music
String Quartet No 3 "The Songlines" 1988 Chamber Music
She Who Sleeps With A Small Blanket, for percussion 1985 Miscellaneous (Classical)
violin : piano 2009 Chamber Music
String Quartet No. 6 2000 Chamber Music
The Man with the Footsoles of Wind, chamber opera Opera
Symphony: Daar Kom die Alibama, for orchestra Orchestral
First Dance, for string quartet Chamber Music
Kneeling Dance, for piano ensemble Keyboard
A Garden of Forking Paths, for piano 2014 Keyboard
Desert Steps, for 2 guitars, viola & cello Chamber Music
Untitled (In memoriam G.H.V.), for piano solo & offstage wind ensemble Chamber Music
Etude for piano No. 9 ("Eight Bells for Mary") 2009 Keyboard
viola : piano 2009 Chamber Music
Mbira 1980 Miscellaneous (Classical)
Leaping dance, for 2 pianos 1984 Keyboard
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