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Sonata for Solo Viola : Voices in the Night

by Colin Spiers (1988)

Also known as: Voices in the night

Sonata for Solo Viola


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Sonata for Solo Viola : Voices in the Night / Colin Spiers.

Library shelf no. 787.3183/SPI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The purpose of this work is to provide viola players with a substantial virtuosic piece in which most technical aspects of the instrument are pushed to the limit. As the subtitle suggests, another title for the work could be "Three Portraits," although the overall structure does adhere loosely to a basic sonata shape, with the sonata form movement shifted to the finale, the second movement being a large ternary shape and the first movement being a free fantasy. With this in mind, each of the movements may be performed individually, although the progression in mood from grand soliloquising through reflective introspection to nervous enthusiasm will be missed.

Work Details

Year: 1988

Instrumentation: Viola.

Duration: 28 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — requires a virtuoso performer

Contents note: 1. The Philosopher -- 2. The Mystic -- 3. The Neophyte.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Patricia Pollett

First performance: by Patricia Pollett — 1989. Nickson Room, University of Queensland, Brisbane

Revised 1991


Performances of this work

1989: Nickson Room, University of Queensland, Brisbane. Featuring Patricia Pollett.

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