Category Archives: Viola & Piano

Caritas

RM625 Caritas Kerry VLA/PNO
RM625 Caritas Kerry VLA/PNO
Printed Book
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

Printed Book

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.

Waiting for Caroline

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

Printed Book

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

When Gravity Fails (6 pieces)

RM617 When Gravity Fails (6 pieces) Norman VLA/PNO
RM617 When Gravity Fails (6 pieces) Norman VLA/PNO

Printed Book

Composer: Philip Norman
Composed: 2010 Duration: 12 mins.
Instrumentation: Viola & Piano
Exam Grade: AMEB Viola Grade 3,
AMEB Viola Grade 5
ISMN: 979-0-720100-46-3 Catalogue: RM617
Level: C Country: New Zealand

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