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WORKS FOR / WITH VIOLA(S)
(catalogue from August 1st, 2010)
M.481 : Concerto for 15 soloist strings (1994) [20']
for 8 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos and double bass
103 (+1) pages
Performing material to be asked from the composer.
Each instrumentalist is at the same time soloist, chamber musician and member of the orchestra. 3 movements: passionate, elegiac, and the third more rhythmical, with successive cadenzas for each of the 15 soloists. First performed during the opening concert of the Tibor Varga Festival 1994, by the members of the Festival Orchestra, conducted by Tibor Varga.
5 Microludes M.525, 479,550,558 et 570 (1993-7) [10']
for solo viola
7 (+1) pages
5 works which might be performed separately or together, as one likes. Sets off the distinctive qualities of the viola.
M.560 : Sonata (1997-8) [12']
for solo viola
6 (+1) pages
Work yet to be first-performed (!! please contact the composer for first performance)
3 movements: elegiaco, con passione and meditativo.
M.554 : Duo (1997) [12']
for 2 violas
9 (+1) pages
Brings into light the colour of the viola. Alternates passionate, meditative and energetic parts.
M.552 : String trio (1997-8) [18’]
for violin, viola and violoncello
26 (+2) pages
M.552a: performing material : 9 (+2), 10 (+1), 11 (+1) pages
Meditating work. The central part alternates growls of revolt and of resignation, even grief. The appeased end moves off to inner silence. Commission of Pro Helvetia for the Zurich String Trio, which first performed it during August 2000 on the occasion of a tour in India and Sri Lanka.
M.569 : Trio for flute, viola and harp (1997-9) [11’]
10 (+1) pages
M.569a: flute and viola parts: 2x2 (+1) pages
score excerpt (pdf)
In a single movement, slow and melancholic, written in a funeral way.
M.618 : String quintet (2001-2) [17']
for 2 violins, 2 violas and cello
28 (+1) pages
M.618a : performing material : 3x13, 12, 14 pages
Commissioned by the Zurich String Quintet, this work has been first performed during a tour in Finland and Lithuania, in July 2003. A great movement, slow and oppressive, out of which emerges a kind of running to the abyss based on an implacable ostinato.
M.627 : Quintet for flute and strings (2002-3) [14']
for flute, violin, 2 violas and cello
33 (+2) pages
M.627a : performing material : 16 pages + 4x12 pages
score excerpt (pdf)
Written for Alexandre Magnin and the Janacek Quartet, full of dreamy nostalgia. The sonority of the Quintet is more well-balanced, thanks to the use of a second viola instead of a second violin. “There are to be found all human feelings in this Quintet” (A. Magnin).
M.580 : Paremboles (1998) [11']
for flute, clarinet (B flat), saxophone (soprano in B flat and alto in E flat), viola ad libitum and piano (2 or 4 hands) ad libitum
30 (+2) pages ; performing material : 7 (+2) pages – 9 (+2) pages – 6 (+2) pages – 4 (+2) pages
Work which might be performed in 6 different versions, according to the principle of the adding or the retrenchment of one or more voices. From granitic to deep emotion, following compositional forms of the Ars antiqua, but with contemporary harmonies.
M.587 : String quartet n.1 (1998-9) [17’]
for 2 violins, viola and violoncello
12 (+1) pages
M.587a: performing material : 10 (+1), 3x8 (+1) pages
Ordered for the Talich Quartet, which has declared to have “enjoyed playing this lovely, thoughtful piece”. Single slow movement of a distress as extreme as its expressive density. Feeling of resignation.
M.660 : Cyprès (2007) [3’20]
for string quartet (2 violins, viola and violoncello)
5 (+2) pages
M.660a : performing material : 4x2 (+1) pages
This short work has been written on the occasion of the first performance of the complete song cycle « Cypresses » by Dvorak, out of which Dvorak himself had transcribed for string quartet 12 of the songs. The work has a nostalgic character, and uses the melodic cells taken from the 15th song of the cycle, which Dvorak hasn’t transcribed for quartet.
M.668 : Quintet for clarinet and strings (2008) [12']
for clarinet, 2 violins, viola and cello
37 (+2) pages
M.668a: performing material : 10 (+1) pages – 10 (+1) pages – 12 (+1) pages – 11 (+1) pages – 11 (+1) pages
Commissioned by the Davos Festival, first performed 2008 by Shirley Brill, clarinet, and the Terpsycordes Quartet. This work is built on several short cells, developed, mixed and transmuted during the whole work. The counterpointed work plays with the pitches (also in the extremes) and the oppositions between diaphanous passages, nostalgic melodies, and more clashed and violent moments, the whole generating progressively a mixing of the themes, of the melodic lines and rhythms.
In project :
Work for voice, flute, viola and harp after haiku texts
Duo for violin and viola
All commissions welcome!