||Vivaldi Duo for Violin and Cello
||Sydeman, William Jay
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.
- 1. Allegro
- 2. Lento, molto espressivo
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
The New York Times once described me as a “twelve-tone Vivaldi”. I was never sure whether that was a compliment or insult. Seeing as I like Vivaldi, I take it as the former. Of course, I never did write twelve-tone music, but that was a catch-all phrase for anything a bit out of the ordinary, way back in the '60s. My (real) Vivaldi Duos are part of a group of pieces written in the mid-eighties while I was having a flirtation with the viola (which tended to drift away in the manner of most flirtations). Anyway, I participated in a series of string workshops and wrote many pieces appropriate to such gatherings. I think that both movements show Vivaldi (and me) as worthy exemplars of the baroque period.
– W. Jay Sydeman