Login

Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.

Work

Concerto for viola and orchestra (viola with chamber orchestra)

by Charles Bodman Rae (2007)

Score Sample

View a sample of the score of this work

Audio Sample

Performance by Juerg Daehler, Congress Chamber Orchestra, Keith Crellin from the CD Concerto for viola and orchestra

Concerto for viola and orchestra

Non-Commercial

This item is not commercially available from the Australian Music Centre. We regret that we cannot offer it for sale.

CD

Concerto for viola and orchestra / Charles Bodman Rae.

Library shelf no. CD 2163 [Available for loan]

Concerto for viola and orchestra

$88.18

Add to cart

Score

Concerto for viola and orchestra / Charles Bodman Rae.

Library shelf no. Q 784.3273/BOD 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

My Viola Concerto was composed in the Australian summer of 2007 (January to March). It is scored for an orchestra of double woodwind (without bassoons), two horns, harp and strings. It has a 32-minute time span and is in three movements that follow each other without any breaks: introductory, slow, and main. The placing of the main movement last is a conscious reversal of the classical concerto scheme. The cadenzas, however, come towards the ends of the first and second movements. The first movement has an element of the concerto grosso: an orchestral ritornello that separates soloistic episodes. In these episodes we encounter contrasting ideas that reappear in the later movements. The second movement is an adagio, mostly in a quintuple metre. The final movement opens with a cantando theme led by the soloist. The ensuing Allegro is a passacaglia that repeats a nineteen-bar rhythmic cycle. Against these phrases there are contrasting variations (from the playful to the lamenting) that connect with the earlier movements. The passacaglia leads to the final appearance of the cantando theme. A short, fast coda ends the concerto. The work is affected at many levels, and in all three movements, by the interaction of minor thirds and perfect fifths. In this and other respects the concerto is closely related to my second string quartet. In this concerto I have deliberately explored the upper and top registers of the viola, as well as the wonderfully rich voice of its lowest string.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns, harp, solo viola, strings.

Duration: 32 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I Allegro (10 min.) -- II Andante (11 min., 30 sec.) -- III Andante – Allegro (10 min., 30 sec.).

Dedication note: Dedicated to Juerg Daehler

Commission note: Commissioned by International Viola Society with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Juerg Daehler, Congress Chamber Orchestra, Keith Crellin — 1 Jul 07. 35th International Viola Congress, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide

Subjects

Performances of this work

1 Jul 07: 35th International Viola Congress, Elder Hall, University of Adelaide. Featuring Juerg Daehler, Congress Chamber Orchestra, Keith Crellin.

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this work.

To post a comment please login.