Category Archives: Viola

Clarinet Quartet

RM974 Clarinet Quartet Firth
RM974 Clarinet Quartet Firth
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RM974e Clarinet Quartet Firth
RM974e Clarinet Quartet Firth
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Composer: Andy Firth
Composed: 2011 Duration: 11 mins.
Instrumentation: Cello Chamber Music, Clarinet Chamber Music, Viola Chamber Music, Violin Chamber Music
ISMN: 979-0-720129-08-2 Catalogue: RM974
Level: D Country: Australia

Noir

RM784 Noir Goldstein ALTO SAX/BSN(VLA)/PNO
RM784 Noir Goldstein ALTO SAX/BSN(VLA)/PNO

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Composer: Perry Goldstein
Composed: 1999 Duration: 10 mins.
Instrumentation: Bassoon Chamber Music, Piano Chamber Music, Sax & Other Instruments, Viola Chamber Music
ISMN: 979-0-720109-57-2 Catalogue: RM784
Level: E Country: United States

Whole Steps (7 pieces)

RM616 Whole Steps (7 pieces) Barrett VLA
RM616 Whole Steps (7 pieces) Barrett VLA

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Composer: John Barrett
Composed: 2006 Duration: 15 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola Solo
ISMN: 979-0-720100-45-6 Catalogue: RM616
Level: B, C Country: Australia

Contents: Captain Fred, Rikitiki Plop, Doodly What's It, Lookin' at Cha Cha Cha, Slinkissimmo, The Little Rag Rag, Three Out of Four

Etude

RM615 Etude Kerry VLA
RM615 Etude Kerry VLA

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 1999 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola Solo
Exam Grade: AMEB Viola Grade AMUSA
ISMN: 979-0-720100-44-9 Catalogue: RM615
Level: D Country: Australia

Written during a Fellowship from the Australia Council, which I was awarded in 1999, my Etude for solo viola was composed for Esther van Stralen, who had given terrific performances of my Viola Concerto with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra a few years before.

This piece, which exploits the wide range of tone-colours and technical effects of which she is capable, is very much for her. She is its dedicatee, and made many helpful suggestions about certain practical aspects. Moreover, the piece is built around a musical spelling of Esther’s name heard at the outset: E flat (‘es’ in German), C (from ‘ut’ – the designation of this note in solmisation), B (‘h’ in German), E and D (from ‘re’).

Caritas

RM625 Caritas Kerry VLA/PNO
RM625 Caritas Kerry VLA/PNO

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 2001 Duration: 7 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola & Piano
Exam Grade: HSC Viola
ISMN: 979-0-720100-54-8 Catalogue: RM625
Level: D Country: Australia

Like my Antiphon for solo viola, Caritas for Australian violist Sheelah Treflé Hidden to perform at the John Main Seminar held annually by the World Community for Christian Meditation, who commissioned the work. On this occasion the theme of the seminar was '‘The Spirit in the Desert', and it was held at St Ignatius, Riverview in Sydney in July 2001.

The work is based on the plainchant hymn Ubi caritas et amor (Where there is charity and love, there God is also), whose tune is heard in its entirety at the end of the piece. Before that, the work passes through a series of contrasting states, representing certain sounds - thunder, surf, bees and bells, and so on - which devotees of Krishna hear in their deepest meditative states as a sign of his presence.

Parardi

RM624 Parardi Kerry VLA/PNO
RM624 Parardi Kerry VLA/PNO

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 1988 Duration: 5 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola & Piano
Exam Grade: AMEB Viola Grade AMUSA,
HSC Viola
ISMN: 979-0-720100-53-1 Catalogue: RM624
Level: D Country: Australia

The Warlpiri people of Central Australia tell a story about a great rainstorm that travelled across part of their country, creating the features of the landscape, the plants, animals and people as it went.

Parardi (the Warlpiri word for rainbow) is a response to this story. The opening section is slow, with rather disembodied fragments of melody and rhythm - the calm, as it were, before the storm. The central section is fast and violent, with lots of irregular metres (bars of 5/16 and 7/16 for instance), ‘scrubbing’ on the viola and use of the percussive lower register of the piano. The final section is a transformation of the first, as you might expect in a (rainbow) arch-form: this time the fragments have turned into fully fledged melodies.

Parardi was equal winner of the Bernard Shore Prize Awarded by the Royal Over-Seas League, London in 1988. It was first performed by Marco van Pagee and Stephen McIntyre at the Melbourne Spoleto Festival in 1989.

Antiphon

RM623 Antiphon Kerry VLA
RM623 Antiphon Kerry VLA

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Composer: Gordon Kerry
Composed: 2010 Duration: 3 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola Solo
Exam Grade: AMEB Viola Grade 6,
AMEB Viola Grade 8,
HSC Viola
ISMN: 979-0-720100-52-4 Catalogue: RM623
Level: C Country: Australia

In 2000, the World Community for Christian Meditation held its annual John Main Seminar in Belfast. The theme for the seminar was ‘The Way of Peace’ and it was addressed by, among others, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the then president of Ireland Mary McAleese and the group’s current leader Fr Laurence Freeman. Australian violist Sheelah Treflé Hidden asked me for a short piece to perform at the event’s opening at the Waterfront Hall. In Catholic liturgy an antiphon is the single verse of a psalm repeated at various points to crystallise the main idea of that day’s psalm and readings.

Waiting for Caroline

RM622 Waiting for Caroline Norman VLA/PNO
RM622 Waiting for Caroline Norman VLA/PNO

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Composer: Philip Norman
Composed: 1996 Duration: 15 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola & Piano
ISMN: 979-0-720100-51-7 Catalogue: RM622
Level: C Country: New Zealand

Steppin’ Up (8 pieces)

RM621 Steppin Up Barrett
RM621 Steppin Up Barrett

Printed Book

Composer: John Barrett
Composed: 2006 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola & Piano
Exam Grade: HSC Viola
ISMN: 979-0-720100-50-0 Catalogue: RM621
Level: B, C Country: Australia

Contents: Herbie’s Journey, Heaven’s Steps, Dracula’s New Shorts, Cha Cha Boom, I Wonder Why, Eat My Shorts Dance, My Neighbour’s Pool, Half a Dozen

Leaps and Bounds (6 pieces)

RM620 Leaps and Bounds (6 pieces) Barrett VLA
RM620 Leaps and Bounds (6 pieces) Barrett VLA

Printed Book

Composer: John Barrett
Composed: 2006 Duration: 10 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola Solo
Exam Grade: HSC Viola
ISMN: 979-0-720100-49-4 Catalogue: RM620
Level: B, C Country: Australia

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