|Composition Year||1991-92 ca.|
|Genre Categories||; ; ; ;; ; ;|
⇒ 4 more: Cello 1 • Cello 2 • Cello 3 • Cello 4
⇒ 4 more: Viola 1 • Viola 2 • Cello 1 • Cello 2
|Work Title||2 Pieces for Cello Quartet|
|Alternative. Title||Two Violoncello Quartets; for Four Cellos|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 4|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1991-92 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||6 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
1st mvt: The inspiration for this piece remains a mystery. It is a great combination and this movement takes full advantage of the lyric and harmonic capabilities of this group... if four cellists happened to be hanging about, I can't imagine them having a better time.
2nd mvt: Having written a lyric movement for four celli, it would appear incumbent on the composer to write a matching virtuoso movement. Voila! This one puts the performers thru their paces, both in keeping a very tight rhythmic ensemble and playing a bunch of notes quickly and accurately. It has the capability of leaving an audience breathless, but a fair amount of rehearsal might be required to accomplish that. Anything less than the required tempo and very crisp playing will result in a sort of mushy pea soup which we all (especially the composer) might find somewhat indigestible.
– W. Jay Sydeman