Viola Sonata No.2 (Sydeman, William Jay)

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Publisher. Info. Arts Aeturnum Productions, 2014.
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Work Title Viola Sonata No.2
Alternative. Title for Viola and Piano
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 56
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements
  1. Allegro
  2. Lento rubato
  3. Allegro
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1992 ca.
First Publication. 2014
Average DurationAvg. Duration 11 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation viola, piano

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Ah the year of the viola works! Well, I was playing the viola myself – practicing and diligently attending chamber music workshops (for which I was ill prepared). Perhaps as penance, I did woo my fellow violists with a few sonatas appropriate for the enthusiastic amateur (such as me).

If a modern, mainly pan-tonal work could be considered gay, this first movement fits the bill. A bit of a workout for both violist and pianist with tight counterpoint for both enclosed in a sort of dance-like framework; a fugue-like middle part; and a return to the beginning with parts traded Bach (misspelling intentional) and forth.

The second movement starts heartfelt and becomes somewhat spoofy/spooky (à la Pink Panther). Fortunately it returns to and further develops the lyric aspect (whew!), becoming decidedly technical in its demands as it progresses.

Perpetual motion third movement separates the men from the boys… the girls from the churls, if you prefer. Running 16ths in the viola against triplet-eighths keep it lively and a half until it.... finally....... stops.

– W. Jay Sydeman