3 Characteristic Pieces, Op.12 (Hollander, Benoit)

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From a copy of the parts provided (interloan) by Cornell University (which I would have scanned except my scanner isn't large enough- and I started typesetting before I thought of copying them to a smaller size.) Schott parts: Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1895), p.398.
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Work Title 3 Characteristic Pieces
Alternative. Title Trois Pièces caractéristiques pour deux violons et alto (viola) ou violoncelle
Composer Hollander, Benoit
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.12
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 pieces:
  1. Zingara (Molto Allegro. 357 bars, 3/8, C major)
  2. Rhapsodie (Lento - Poco più animato. 102 bars, 4/4, C minor)
  3. Scherzo (Molto vivace leggiero. 488? bars, 3/8, A minor)
First Publication. 1895 – Mainz: Schott
Dedication No.1 dedicated to Sarasate, no other dedications on parts
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola or 2 violins, cello

Misc. Comments

First violin part in e.g. the 2nd piece, Rhapsodie, seems (from the point of view of this non-violinist) reasonably virtuosic. Fortunately the most difficult-looking parts, e.g. the several bars of tuplet 16ths (and one bar ending with a 9:8 tuplet arpeggiated A major scale of 32nd notes) take place after Tempo Iº is regained. That said, the viola part in the rhapsody is, for the 1890s or so, extraordinary (and I did once practice viola, though I was never very good at it. Forsyth, based on his section on Viola in his book Orchestration (in the early 20th century, on the viola in an orchestral, not a chamber context it's true,) would have looked at Hollander's demands on the viola in the 2nd piece and wondered if he'd mistaken it for a 3rd violin with extended lower range...) - ES