for 3 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, contrabass, piano
The characteristic playfulness of Sokolović’s music is prominently represented in this short piece, which the composer has dedicated to her son Gustave. Her aim in Nonet was to create a progression from static, non-evolving material to material that is faster and more directional, and then to repeat this process several times to achieve a humorous effect. While the piece is written for eight strings and piano, Sokolović has taken an unusual view of their roles, treating all nine instruments together as a single huge harmonic violin.
Commissioned by Soundstreams with generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.