Concerto for Viola and Strings (2004)
Confident- Passionate and nostalgic - Light -
The Song of the Enchanting Viola
was the working title for this concerto, the reason
for this being that it represents the belief that
whilst listening to music, our minds go off on a
tangent, and even if we are unaware, mental images
appear. Therefore the emotional content of the piece
is quite clear, and the four movements represent a
different emotion each.
The opening chord is
confident and striking, and this is the character
with which the rest of the movement continues, in
many ways it acts as an overture to the concerto, as
many of the musical ideas are used in different
contexts throughout the piece. The second movement
is nostalgic yet elevating, with a lamenting solo
viola melody which leads a dialogue with an equally
passionate solo violin line. The third movement
starts with an unusual technique using overtones,
developed by Maxim Rysanov. This leads into the most
animated movement of the concerto, its true function
is to build the tension for the final movement. In
fact there is no break between the third and fourth
movements, and the start of the finale is only made
evident by the change of metre. This final movement,
like the first is confident and powerful, revisiting
much of the material heard previously.
concerto was written for Maxim Rysanov, who
premièred it on the 16th of February 2004 at St.
John's Smith Square, London with the Russian Chamber
Orchestra of London conducted by Julian Gallant.
Duration: c. 25'
Valonius Press, London,
ISMN: M 57028 000 1
Tabakova- Concerto for Viola and Strings (2004)
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Playing: end of second movement