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Allegro vivace for strings: Woman's song : string orchestra

by Betty Beath (1998, this version: 1999)

Also known as: Allegro vivace for strings

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From the CD Music with Indonesian influence

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Music from six continents : 2001 series.

Library shelf no. CD 1390 [Available for loan]

Allegro vivace for strings

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Allegro vivace for strings : for string orchestra / Betty Beath.

Library shelf no. 784.7/BEA 2 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

The tonality is based on the Balinese pelog scale and this, together with rhythms that might be used by the gamelan, reflects something of the colour and dynamic contrast often to be heard in Balinese gamelan performance.

An arrangement of the work titled Allegro Vivace for strings: 'Woman's song' was made later.

Work Details

Year: 1998, this version: 1999

Instrumentation: String orchestra.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary level/professional.

First performance: by Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada — Jun 01. Fifth International and Millennium Festival of New Music for Orchestra presented by Vienna Modern Masters in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Can be a companion piece to the Adagio for strings: "Lament for Kosovo", but may be performed separately.

Allegro Vivace for Strings is a particular favourite of mine and that is really why I have used the sub-title 'Woman's song'. I understand the emotional canvas the work draws upon and feel it expresses the energy, optimism, and exhilaration that accompanies the joy we experience in a celebration of life. In this way I see the work as a companion piece to the Adagio for Strings "Lament for Kosovo", a celebration of life after deep trauma and loss.

Performances of this work

Jun 01: Fifth International and Millennium Festival of New Music for Orchestra presented by Vienna Modern Masters in Olomouc, Czech Republic.. Featuring Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Toshiyuki Shimada.

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