01: Canto in Memoriam for solo violin

This work was composed for Gwyneth Rollin, the composer’s wife. It is in four continuous sections and was written in reaction to the World Trade Center tragedy of 9/11/01. When Rollin lived
in New York City, he had first-hand experience observing a Manhattan fire on Amsterdam Avenue across from his apartment. The firemen risked life and limb amidst the falling steel girders of a burning skyscraper. He knew immediately when he saw the broadcast of the towers collapsing that hundreds of firefighters had lost their lives while trying to save others, and that many families would be deprived of mothers and fathers. The Canto’s more serene lyrical sections are a tribute to a close family member who passed away just before the Twin Towers tragedy.