Allegro vivace for strings: Woman's song : string orchestra
by Betty Beath (1998, this version: 1999)
Also known as: Allegro vivace for strings
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The tonality is based on the Balinese pelog scale and this, together with rhythms that might be used by the gamelan, reflects something of the colour and dynamic contrast often to be heard in Balinese gamelan performance.
An arrangement of the work titled Allegro Vivace for strings: 'Woman's song' was made later.
Year: 1998, this version: 1999
Instrumentation: String orchestra.
Duration: 3 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary level/professional.
First performance: by Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada — Jun 01. Fifth International and Millennium Festival of New Music for Orchestra presented by Vienna Modern Masters in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Allegro Vivace for Strings is a particular favourite of mine and that is really why I have used the sub-title 'Woman's song'. I understand the emotional canvas the work draws upon and feel it expresses the energy, optimism, and exhilaration that accompanies the joy we experience in a celebration of life. In this way I see the work as a companion piece to the Adagio for Strings "Lament for Kosovo", a celebration of life after deep trauma and loss.
Can be a companion piece to the Adagio for strings: "Lament for Kosovo", but may be performed separately.
Performances of this work
Jun 01: Fifth International and Millennium Festival of New Music for Orchestra presented by Vienna Modern Masters in Olomouc, Czech Republic.. Featuring Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada.
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