Scored for violin, viola, cello and double bass, Russian Tableaux was composed in 2009 and is a bitter-sweet tribute to the landscape, history and culture of Russia. Written in 3 movements, the work displays such distinctive Russian traits as rich melody and texture, an abundance of colour, low register strings and a strong bass. In the opening movement (Mother Volga), each instrument represents a tributary that flows into the river Volga. The 2nd movement (1917), played grave con dolore, depicts the aftermath of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the ensuing misery and sense of desolation. The final movement (Dance of the Matryoshka Dolls) is far more upbeat, characterized by the dainty dancing of the smaller dolls and the heavy plodding movements of the larger dolls.
Russian Tableaux is published by Naxos Sheet Music Publishing