|Composition Year||1984 ca.|
|Genre Categories||;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Duo for Flute and Viola|
|Alternative. Title||for Flute (or Violin) and Viola|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 11|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1984 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||4 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
This is Gebrauch Musik for the odd married (or not) couple (or not) playing flute and viola. Entertaining, with some quirky rhythms. (I borrowed the “quirky rhythms” bit from a Time magazine article about me which I loathed.)
Nevertheless, movement 1 has a flirtation with dance... hinted at but rarely consummated. Movement 2 continues with more overt dance-like qualities. Shifting rhythms and some odd accents account for much of the aforementioned quirkiness. It is tricky, but fun to play.
– W. Jay Sydeman
Note: Suitable for students and amateur musicians.