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Encounters : for violin and violoncello

by Betty Beath (1999)



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Encounters : for violin and violoncello / Betty Beath.

Library shelf no. 785.712/BEA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Encounters seemed an apt title for this work in five movements which reflects the meeting of violin and cello as equal partners in a musical dialogue; often they sing together, sometimes tenderly and at other times with frenetic energy. The musical landscape is one of contrast though there is unity in style. The duration of the work is approximately fifteen minutes, however, it has been designed to allow the extraction of individual movements to stand alone, or in combination, as short performance pieces.

In writing the work I was always aware of the particular musical gifts of Mary Nemet and Gary Williams who commissioned the work. Their musical gifts are distinguished by a rare depth and quality of musicianship, a sensitivity to musical line and the ability to produce luscious, warm tone.

Work Details

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: Violin, cello.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Grade 8

Contents note: In five movements: 1. Leisurely: let the tempo flow -- 2. Allegro Vivace, Ritmico -- 3. Adagio, Tranquillo -- 4. Let's Dance...Scherzando -- 5. At Leisure, moving moderately and with a sense of rubato.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Gary Williams, Mary Nemet

Commission note: Commissioned by Gary Williams, Mary Nemet.

Performances of this work

6 Mar 2015: at Amazing women 1 (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring Muses Trio.

25 Jul 99: University of Southern Queensland, Arts Theatre, Toowoomba. Featuring Mary Nemet, Gary Williams.

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