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Elegy : for viola and piano

by Colin Spiers (1989)

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Performance by Patricia Pollett, Colin Spiers from the CD In this garden

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In this garden

Library shelf no. CD 203 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This piece is an intense essay in contrasts. On the one hand its opening is very dark and even obsessive in character (symbolised by the opening key of A flat minor), while on the other this is balanced by sections that are very delicate and ethereal (symbolised by the shift to C sharp major). Following a powerful climax, the music winds down to silence in a coda dominated by measured tremolo harmonics on the viola.

Work Details

Year: 1989

Instrumentation: Viola, piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — requires musical sensitivity from both players and excellent intonation from the viola player.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Patricia Pollett

The composer notes the following influences, genres, styles etc associated with this work:
modernist, neo-romantic

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