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Arrangement and Transcriptions
For 2 Violas and 2 Cellos
||Arts Aeturnum Productions, 2013.
||Having written a piece for four cellos, I decided to take pity on cellos one and two whose tessitura flew somewhat heavenward much of the time... thus this transcription for two violas and two celli. This might also serve as an opportunity for a social intermingling of violas and celli that might not have occurred otherwise (birds of a feather sort of thing). The piece is in two movements – the first quite lyric, and the second full of energy. Great for string workshops, and beats bridge parties! – W. Jay Sydeman
||Two Violoncello Quartets
||for Four Cellos
||Sydeman, William Jay
- I. Adagio
- II. Allegro
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1st mvt: The inspiration for this piece remains a mystery. It is a great combination and this movement takes full advantage of the lyric and harmonic capabilities of this group... if four cellists happened to be hanging about, I can't imagine them having a better time.
2nd mvt: Having written a lyric movement for four celli, it would appear incumbent on the composer to write a matching virtuoso movement. Voila! This one puts the performers thru their paces, both in keeping a very tight rhythmic ensemble and playing a bunch of notes quickly and accurately. It has the capability of leaving an audience breathless, but a fair amount of rehearsal might be required to accomplish that. Anything less than the required tempo and very crisp playing will result in a sort of mushy pea soup which we all (especially the composer) might find somewhat indigestible.
– W. Jay Sydeman