un-tempered : for viola
by Dominik Karski (2007)
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First, the title may need some clarification. I chose the word
"un-tempered" because of a double meaning that I felt was very
suitable in relation to the nature of the work's material.
The first meaning is derived from the word "temper", in the sense of a type of character, e.g. to hold one's temper, or to temper someone. In this sense, "un-tempered" should be understood as a behaviour, or action, that is not held back, that does not restrict itself in any way. In short: unrestrained.
The other meaning is somewhat accidental, but relevant nevertheless. It is an indirect reference to Bach's title (not the music!) The Well Tempered Clavier. In this context, "un-tempered" means simply out of tune.
Duration: 8 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to the composer's wife Natalia.
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