Variations for Viola and Bassoon (Sydeman, William Jay)




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Work Title Variations
Alternative. Title for Viola and Bassoon
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 32
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 piece
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1955
Average DurationAvg. Duration 4.5 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation bassoon, viola

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An early work from the 50's. Very straightforward (compositionally) as a theme with three variations, based on the 12-tone method. I lost interest in this technique, although the New York press tended to put me in that box (in a good way).

It is technically demanding and tricky to keep the ensemble together rhythmically, but I believe well worth the effort. I am not sure whether there is another duo in the repertoire for this combination, except, perhaps another one I wrote 40 years later.

– W. Jay Sydeman