|Composition Year||1985 ca.|
|Genre Categories||;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Astrid Duo for Violin and Cello|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 2|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1985 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||6 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
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