|Genre Categories||;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Two Duos for Violin and Viola|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 15|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1991|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||4.5 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
The first movement is what I call “composerly”... that is, the composition titillates musical thought... that is, interesting canons abound, interesting polyrhythmic dances emerge, and that the whole thing is quite intellectually engaging. I also like the way it sounds.
On the other hand, the second movement is basically pretty, slipping in and out of tonalities often creating a melancholic introspective feeling. Considerable rhythmic independence of the parts also add to the fluid quality of the movement.
– W. Jay Sydeman