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Talking points : miniature suite for viola and piano

by Natalie Williams (2016)

Talking points


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Talking points : miniature suite for viola and piano / Natalie Williams.

Library shelf no. 787.3/WIL 4 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Talking Points is a suite for viola and piano, commissioned by Stefanie Farrands for a recording project with ABC Classics in 2016.

The suite is a short set of pieces depicting simple types of conversation and interaction between the two instruments, who function as characters within the piece.

Movement one, Explanations introduces the two players as they each reveal their character traits to the other player, sometimes in unison, other times apart.

Movement 2, Recollections explores the gentle faintness of memory, as both players seek to explore a shared, nostalgic past.

Declamations reveals an argumentative side to the performing duo, as each player jostles with the other for musical and topical supremacy.

The final movement, Reflections unites the two voices in a shared love and longing for the past. A soft wash of sound in the accompanying piano line, highlights the plaintive viola melody which gradually disappears into eternity.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Viola, piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. Explanations (1 min., 20 sec.) -- II. Recollections (2 min., 15 sec.) -- III. Declamations (1 min., 10 sec.) -- IV. Reflections (2 min., 15 sec.).

Commission note: Commissioned by Stephanie Farrands.

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