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Concerto for Viola and Orchestra




Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Instrumentation: Va. Solo; 2(Picc.)-2-2-2; 4-3-3-1; Timp., 3Perc., Cel., Hp., Str.
Duration: 25 minutes
Commission: by Santa Rosa Symphony
Premiere: Paul Silverthorne, viola, Santa Rosa Symphony, Bruno Ferrandis, conductor; March 22, 2014; Santa Rosa, California
Score and Parts: Presser Rentals and Purchase
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Movements:   I.   Adagio; Allegro
                      II.  Largo
                      III. Allegro vivace

 Audio Sample:

I. Adagio; Allegro
II. Largo

III. Allegro Vivace


About the Viola Concerto:

If I had to describe the character of each instrument in the orchestra, I would consider the viola to be the voice of wisdom, moderation, and prudence.  However I find there is much flair and brilliance hidden beneath the surface.  In my viola concerto I aimed to explore these contrasts: beauty and sweetness; agitation and angst; brilliance and virtuosity.

In the first movement the main musical themes of the entire concerto are laid out as the solo viola traverses from a slow and contemplative beginning before gradually speeding up to end the movement with virtuosity and brilliance.

In the second movement themes from the first movement are transformed into contemplative, melancholic characters.  The expressive voice of the viola navigates through a wide range of colors and characters until it utilizes its lowest string to close out the movement in somber fashion.

The third movement takes its cue from the first movement in presenting the earlier themes with much flair and brilliance.  In this movement the extroverted character of the viola displays its ability and skills by challenging the orchestra in a series of virtuosic passages, bringing the concerto to an energetic finish.

- Behzad Ranjbaran







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