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Viola Concerto

for viola and orchestra

Year:  2015   ·  Duration:  27m
Instrumentation:  solo viola + 3*3*3*3*; 4331; timp., 3 perc.; hp, pno/cel; strings | (Perc: bass drum, susp. cymbal, vibraphone, side drum, snare drum, xylophone)

Year:  2015
Duration:  27m
Instrumentation  solo viola + 3*3*3*3*; 4331...

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The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra commissioned the Viola Concerto in 2015, and it was especially written for Serenity Thurlow. Chris has already written a one-movement work for viola, commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and written for Vyvyan Yendoll. Chris says he is attracted to the viola, perhaps because it reflects the range of the human voice, and sits between the cello (which can be a little muddy in the low registers) and the violin (which lacks the rich lower register that is found in the viola). The work is traditional in that it attempts to show the viola in a virtuosic light while still speaking with expressive meaning.


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