|Genre Categories||;; ; ;|
|Alternative. Title||for Viola and Bassoon|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1955|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||4.5 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
An early work from the 50s. Very straightforward (compositionally) as a theme with three variations, based on the 12-tone method. I lost interest in this technique, although the New York press tended to put me in that box (in a good way).
It is technically demanding and tricky to keep the ensemble together rhythmically, but I believe well worth the effort. I am not sure whether there is another duo in the repertoire for this combination, except, perhaps another one I wrote 40 years later.
– W. Jay Sydeman