Untempered : for viola
by Dominik Karski (2007)
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First, the title may need some clarification. I chose the word "untempered" 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, "untempered" 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, "untempered" means simply out of tune.
Duration: 8 min.
Work revised 2021
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