Duo No.2 for Viola and Cello (Sydeman, William Jay)




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Performers Gloria Justen & Hannah Addario-Berry
Publisher Info. William Jay Sydeman
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 Duo No.2 for Viola and Cello
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Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 42
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 movements:
1. Andante
2. Poco allegro
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1986 ca.
Average DurationAvg. Duration 4 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation viola, cello

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The two-movement Duo for viola and cello dates from the mid-eighties. I was attending various string workshops as a born-again violist and made these small attempts to expand a very limited repertoire.

Movement 1 is lyric and extremely heartfelt while maintaining an imitative contrapuntal mode. Movement 2 starts out canonically, becomes more independently playful and ends in a sort of dual (duel) toccata. It is, actually, quite a showcase work for the two instruments.

– W. Jay Sydeman