Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy (1994)

for two violins. Also available in a version for violin and viola.

duration: 10 minutes

Faber Music publishing details

Audio Excerpt

The entire piece may be accessed as an mp3 file from



Excerpt from the violin and piano version:


Programme Notes

Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy

      was initially conceived as a piece for solo violin, using a somewhat ‘rockabilly’ style of music. However, it then developed into virtuosic work for two violins, using elements of both techno and death-metal styles of popular music.

The piece was premiered in November 1994 by Glenn Murray and Christine Myers, both of whom perform on this recording. This piece was selected as the Australian Young Composers entry to the 1995 Bangkok Music Festival and Asian-Composers League Conference.

It has since become an extremely popular piece with violinists, being performed many times by a large range of performers in Australia and around the world.

Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy
is one of the most popular works written by Matthew Hindson. It was featured in the Sydney Dance Company‘s production of Ellipse.

notes by Matthew Hindson.

Ordering Information

The full score and parts may be ordered from the Australian Music Centre. Please be sure to specify whether the two violins or violin + viola version is required.

The score is also available from Promethean Editions Direct

CD Recording Available?

      Yes, on a disc entitled

Greenbaum Hindson Peterson

      , available from the

Australian Music Centre

      . Performers are Glenn Murray and Christine Myers.

The violin and piano version of Little Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy is recorded by Duo Sol for their disc Infinite Heatbeat on ABC Classics.
Duo Sol CD

Other information

      There are a number of shorter versions of the piece that have been written especially for performers who have a time limit set on them.

Little Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy

has a duration of 5 minutes

Available in version for two violins, or violin and piano


“Young Australian composer Matthew Hindson’s curiously titled Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy (inspired by death metal and rockabilly music) was another delight, a worthy piece to be added to the wretchedly tiny repertoire of music for two violins. Here, Zac Rowntree and Cary Koh maintained a blistering pace, with spot-on synchronisation, as they nimbly and energetically negotiated the more extrovert measures of Hindson’s musical minefield; they were no less persuasive in the work’s more introspective, soulful moments.” – Neville Cohn, The West Australian, 16 November 1999.

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