Astrid Duo for Violin and Cello (Sydeman, William Jay)




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Publisher Info. William Jay Sydeman
Performers Gloria Justen & Hannah Addario-Berry
Misc. Notes Recorded 2011, San Francisco, CA
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Publisher. Info. Arts Aeturnum Productions, 2012
Misc. Notes Edited by Gloria Justen and Hannah Addario-Berry
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Work Title Astrid Duo for Violin and Cello
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Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 2
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements:
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Andante, molto rubato
4. Adagio - 1. Allegro (da capo)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1985 ca.
Dedication Astrid Thiersch
Average DurationAvg. Duration 6 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation violin, cello

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The short Astrid duos were written in 1985 after having spent two years in Fair Oaks (Calif.) teaching at the Rudolf Steiner College. Astrid Thiersch is a eurythmist (a sort of “spiritual” dance initiated by Steiner) and they were performed as such.

The style is pantonal and engaging, with the exception of the third movement which has a definite Brahmsian lyrical cast. Of compositional interest is that movement 4 is like a brief development of movement 2, while the stylistic discrepancies between movement 1 and 3 are vast... the “Brahms-like” third movement being diametrically opposed to the acerbic first movement.

– W. Jay Sydeman