Traditional music
opus 57, viola solo, string quartet

Michael Parker
Composition Date: 1998
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quintet (2 Violin / 2 Viola / Cello)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Violin
  • 2 x Viola
  • 1 x Viola ( Solo )
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
The term “traditional music” means music that has been “handed down” from generation to generation. For most people, the term refers primarily to folk music; but for those of us involved in concert music, our “traditional music” is the music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern periods. In Traditional Music, I pay tribute to these periods in concert music. The work is in four interconnected sections that do homage to the lively polyphony of the Baroque period, the joyous scherzi of the Classical period, the sensuous melodies of the Romantic period, and the dynamic vibrancy of the Modern period. Introducing each of these sections is a Rondo passage for the string quartet that changes in nature to reflect each new musical period as it is introduced. Incorporated into each section is a cadenza uniting the solo viola with each of the members of the quartet in turn. A cadenza for solo viola alone concludes the work. Traditional Music was commissioned by the Sound Symposium through a grant from the Canada Council and is dedicated to Don Wherry, Kathy Clark, Rivka Golani, and the members of the Atlantic String Quartet: Alison McLellan, Jennifer Johnson, Alexandra Fekete and Theo Weber, all of whom were responsible for its creation and premiere in July, 1998.

Premiere Information:
July 16, 1998, Donald Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland. Performers: Rivka Golani, Solo Viola, Alison Black (née McClellan) and Jennifer Johnson, Violins, Alexandra Bates (née Fekete), Viola, Theo Weber, Cello.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 3141 P242tr
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), Solo / Ensemble, Quintet (2 Violin / 2 Viola / Cello)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • August 2, 2002
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (36 p.) ;
    36 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
    Parts page count: 57
    1 solo viola part (15 p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
    4 parts ([57] p.) ;
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • I Baroque
    II Classical
    III Romantic
    IV Modern

    For viola solo and string quartet.

    Commissioned by the Sound Symposium through the Canada Council.

    Typeset. Master of score and parts (manuscript) in CMC Toronto.
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