scherzo frenetique for violin and piano

Composition Date: 2004
Duration: 00:05:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Violin


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
Programme Note:
My friend the Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa recently presented me with a CD gift (VIRTUOSO VIOLIN: works of Paganini, Ravel, Wieniawski, etal) performed by him and his wife Tanya. I was so impressed by the musicianship and technical prowess of their interpretations that I was determined to make an effort to emulate these composers by offering Mr. and Mrs. Krysa a present in return.

ALLEZ-Y! (Fr.: GO (for it)!) is a brief scherzo - barely lasting five minutes, if that - in two main sections: the first employing measured tremolo, the second slurred double-stops. Much use is made of open string pedal tones and echoes of the tritone interval ("diabolus in musica"). As was often true in the hands of many 19th century masters, this 'manic joke' is not a 'bon-bon'. It is marked 'macabre' and, while possessing a few light moments in its course, the work's character delves at times into the sinister.

ALLEZ-Y! was completed on May 11 of 2004 in Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida. The score was commissioned by, and fondly dedicated to, Oleh Krysa and Tatiana Tchekina, former colleagues at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. The premiere performance was given during the 2004-05 concert season.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3211 H691al
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Violin
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • September 30, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, published
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (13 p.) + 1 part; 28 cm.
  • Additional Information:
  • commissioned by Oleh Krysa and Tatiana Tchekina with partial finding from the Institute of American Music: Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York.
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