Pas de deux
for violin and cello

John Burge
Composer
John Burge
Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:14:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Misc. String Duos (Mixed)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
“Pas de deux,” will be familiar as a duet in which two ballet dancers perform together. A translation of this French term literally means, “step or dance for two.” The ballet form usually consists of an entrée, adagio, two variations (one for each dancer) and a coda. In composing a dance-inspired equivalent for just violin and cello, the music takes the form of an introduction followed by a presentation of a violin theme, accompanied by the cello, and then a cello theme, which is accompanied by the violin. Both themes are very closely related with the cello version simply emphasizing slower moving rhythmic values. After the presentation of each theme, a brief interlude captures the mood of the introduction. The final portion of the work consists of both instruments playing in tandem as the music develops both themes in a more virtuosic fashion. Indeed, by having both the violin and cello play on more than one string at the same time during the final portion of the music, the string texture certainly sounds like there are more than two just two instruments performing.

Commissioned by: Wolf Tormann and Karma Tomm

Premiere Information:
14/01/2011 Chalmers United Church Kingston, Ontario Karma Tomm, violin Wolf Tormann, cello

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3126 B954pas
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Misc. String Duos (Mixed)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 21, 2011
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score ((2), 14 p.) ;
    16 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Parts page count: 16
    2 parts ((16) p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
  • Additional Information:

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