|Composition Year||1984 ca.|
|Genre Categories||;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Vivaldi Duo for Violin and Cello|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 37|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1984 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||3 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
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
Note: Suitable for students and amateur musicians.