|Composition Year||1996-97 ca.|
|Genre Categories||; ;|
⇒ 5 more: Violin 1 • Violin 2 • Viola • Cello • Bass
|Work Title||For Strings|
|Alternative. Title||for String Orchestra|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 70|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1996-97 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||7 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
Perhaps we all dream about writing our personal Adagio for Strings, especially when we are associated mainly with a very abstract sort of music. So this is my attempt, in 1996 – heartfelt, simple and beautiful, also somewhat somber. At one point I thought of retitling it For the Fallen, referring to Iraq, but that was after the fact so actually not quite honest. I hope that string orchestras might find it rewarding to add this to their repertoire. Technically speaking, most of the material of the piece derives from the first three repeated notes.
In 1997, I added a second movement to the original For Strings with a very different intention. This piece is gay, even dance-like in its opening phrases. Again, the material in the first bar generates much of what follows. Mid-piece it becomes quite playful then evolving to a rush of 16th-notes reminiscent of the opening bar, all contrapuntally treated, which devolves to a somewhat abrupt ending!
– W. Jay Sydeman