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|Work Title||Duo for Viola and Bassoon|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 13|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1994|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||3 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
Duo for viola and bassoon dates from 1994. This is to be distinguished from my first duo for these instruments in 1955. Had I thought about it, I should have written it in 1995 so we would have a neat forty-year span between the pieces. For all that they are not all that different, which might lead one to believe I was prescient then or sort of stuck now.
They go together quite well... perhaps they could be combined and stand uniquely as the only piece written where the movements span forty years.
I think this new one is a bit less self-conscious in its “modernity,” that issue having been laid to rest, or actually simply incorporated in style I have developed over the decades. For me, the bassoon is both playful and plaintive and the viola for me (believe it or not) dramatic and even edgy. Basically I see the viola as a different animal from the intensely lyrical violin with its darker sound. I like the lower strings particularly with a certain amount of grittiness so that's what you get!
– W. Jay Sydeman