|Composition Year||1982 ca.|
|Genre Categories||;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Duo No.1 for Viola and Cello|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 41|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1982 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||7 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
The four movements for viola and cello are more examples of my love for the weaving of lines offered by the duo form. (I have written over fifty duos, but avoid the appellation of “the duo guy.”) Close counterpoint and sharing of thematic materials define these works... more of a musical than technical challenge.
To the details: Movement one is canonic in a somewhat Bergian language. Movement two is a quasi-dance, lyric and expressive. Movement three is dark and even more heartfelt, while movement four is a more motoristic canon with heavy energy.
– W. Jay Sydeman