For Violoncello and Piano (Sydeman, William Jay)




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General Information

Work Title For Violoncello and Piano
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Composer Sydeman, William Jay
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 piece
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2003
Average DurationAvg. Duration 6 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation cello, piano

Misc. Comments

This piece was written in 2003 for performance at a festival in Dornach, Switzerland. A sort of solid lyric piece, not necessarily flitting around in the extreme high register, was requested, and so it is. I am rather partial to the dark lower strings anyway... as a (somewhat) violist, I resent cellists noodling about in my register.

In any event, the piece is in the grand romantic tradition in writing for both instruments (although quite slippery tonally). This lyricism frames a dancelike middle part, with a great deal of thematic interplay between the instruments, before returning to a further development of the opening idea. The piano writing is quite linear with countermelodies often accompanying the cello part.

– W. Jay Sydeman