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ANAM Recital: Alexander MacDonald


ANAM Recital: Alexander MacDonald

  • Date: Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 3pm
  • Venue: Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) — South Melbourne Town Hall, 210 Bank St, South Melbourne, VIC
  • Tickets: General: $5 (tickets at the door) — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

As winter comes to a close I am incredibly excited to be presenting new and old works for Viola. Witness a world premiere by Melbournite Chris Healey (Four pieces for Viola). This stunning work gets to the core of story telling, the viola as an instrument, and music itself. J.S. Bach's Viola da Gamba sonatas need no introduction, they are a favourite of the repertoire and I am very excited to be presenting this with Peter de Jager. G. Ligeti's work is a grand monster of a piece for many reasons. In his preface to the sonata he sheds light on what the viola is: "The viola is seemingly just a big violin but tuned a fifth lower. In reality the two instruments are worlds apart. They both have three strings in common, the A, D, and G string. The high E-string lends the violin a powerful luminosity and metallic penetrating tone which is missing in the viola. The violin leads, the viola remains in the shade. In return the low C-string gives the viola a unique ascerbity, compact, somewhat hoarse, with an aftertaste of wood, earth and tannic acid."

ANAM Recitals are an opportunity for each ANAM musician to make their own personal musical statement, through performance, repertoire and presentation. 

HEALEY 4 Pieces for viola
JS BACH Sonata for viola da gamba in G minor BWV 1029
LIGETI Sonata for solo viola

Featured non-Australian music: JS Bach, Ligeti

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to info@anam.com.au

Featured Australian Works

 Four Pieces for (Solo) Viola by Christopher Healey — World premiere

Featured artists

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