Matt Van  Brink - composer, pianist, lyricist, educator

Up, Up and Up (2002)

violin and piano
or string orchestra | 11 mins.

Commissioned by Celebrity Series of Boston for Stefan Jackiw

The Celebrity Series of Boston commissioned Up, Up, and Up in 2002 for violinist Stefan Jackiw. A named the piece after I'd written its five movements, and a confluence of factors resulted in the fanciful title: the piece's mostly-rising melodic lines, a mood of ebullience that pervades the piece, and Jackiw himself, then 15, and already enjoying a remarkable solo career and still on the “up and up.”

First performed by Stefan Jackiw and David Deveau
March 2002, Jordan Hall, Boston