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|Work Title||For Violoncello and Piano|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 18|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||2003|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||6 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
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