|Composition Year||1986 ca.|
|Genre Categories||;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Duo No.2 for Viola and Cello|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 42|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1986 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||4 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
The two-movement Duo for viola and cello dates from the mid-eighties. I was attending various string workshops as a born-again violist and made these small attempts to expand a very limited repertoire.
Movement 1 is lyric and extremely heartfelt while maintaining an imitative contrapuntal mode. Movement 2 starts out canonically, becomes more independently playful and ends in a sort of dual (duel) toccata. It is, actually, quite a showcase work for the two instruments.
– W. Jay Sydeman