|Composition Year||1990 ca.|
|Genre Categories||; ;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Conversations for Flute and Violin|
|Alternative. Title||"Linda" for Flute and Violin (or for Two Violins)|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 69|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1990 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||9 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
|Instrumentation||flute, violin (or 2 violins)|
|Extra Information||Revised 2013|
This is an accessible work both for performers and listeners, with quite a bit of humor interspersed between some lyricism and gemütlichkeit-ness. (Is there such a word?) In any event, these are truly “conversations” in which both instruments engage each other and make appropriate (or not) comments. The expressive third movement contrasts the “twitterish” qualities of the lighter, faster movements (written ten years before the internet discovered same).
Movement 1: Up to letter A, the flute leads introducing several motives which will be taken up by the violin, finally evolving into a canon at B ending quite playfully. Movement 2 carries “playful” to an extreme, with violin interrupting the flute until the exasperated flute says “Shut up pea brain.” Thank heavens, Movement 3 gets back to some serious musical expressive business, but (sad to say) the fourth movement continues this bizarre dialogue with the violin chasing the flute all over the place until they both give up, repeating a rather banal closing phrase.
– W. Jay Sydeman