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Improvisation and cadenza : solo viola

by Larry Sitsky (1964)

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Performance by David Pereira from the CD Cello dreaming

This sample is of the Solo Cello version of this work

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Improvisation and cadenza / Larry Sitsky ; performed by David Pereira

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Work Overview

In the very early 60s, soon after returning to Australia after my postgraduate studies in the
USA at the San Francisco Conservatory, I decided to write a cello concerto. Unfortunately,
I was green behind the ears and totally unprepared for this difficult task. After sketching a
certain amount of the piece, I simply had to give up.
Some years later the Swiss cellist, Raffaele Altwegg, asked me for a solo piece. I remembered
the fragmentary cello concerto and, in 1969, extracted material from it to create the
Improvisation and Cadenza. The 'Improvisation' part represents the thematic material of
the first movement; the 'Cadenza' is more-or-less as it was in the unfinished work, as is the
wind-up after it.

Work Details

Year: 1964

Instrumentation: Viola.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Peter Komlos

Performances of this work

22 Jun 72: Canberra. Featuring Christian Wojtowicz.

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