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Tetragrammaton : for violin and piano

by Larry Sitsky (1987)

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From the CD Like Icarus ascending

Like Icarus ascending

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Like Icarus ascending : violin and piano music.

Library shelf no. CD 562 [Not for loan]



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Tetragrammaton : for violin and piano / music by Larry Sitsky

Library shelf no. 787.2/SIT 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

In 1986 I had sketched out two works, both left incomplete, and both notionally for violin
and piano. The sound of a piano with a solo instrument was never a favourite with me,
and, besides, one of these abandoned works eventually turned out to be a chamber work:
"The Secret Gates of the House of Osiris". Thus, what was originally in four movements
finished up as twelve, and what was for violin and piano became music for flute, viola,
cello and piano. The extended colour and development of the basic materials in the
quartet seemed to answer my dissatisfaction with the original concept.
However, when the idea of composing a special piece to honour Jan's 70th birthday arose,
I went back to my 1986 sketches. It seemed to me that with some reworking, the original
idea might be worth salvaging. The "Tetragrammaton" is like a compressed version of the
later quartet; it is, too, by its very nature, more intimate and introverted.

Work Details

Year: 1987

Instrumentation: Piano, violin.

Duration: 19 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB A.Mus.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Jan Sedivka. for my dear friend Jan Sedivka on his 70th birthday.

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