For the last six months I have been working on a special piece for Solo Viola. People ask why I have so many solo instrument works in my ouvre. Simply put, as a teenager I was deeply inspired by Berio’s Sequenzas. The beauty of an isolated instrumented performing in ways never previously heard were profound to my ears.
The central theme in this work is that of virtuosity, evident not only in the technical difficulties presented, but also in the treatment and writing style for the Viola.
In this new work, I employ a different type of tablature; a new musical lexicon which is inspired by Enrico Castellani and Paolo Scheggi along with my own foundational knowledge as a neologist and composer.
Each page of the score is measured at 16” X 6”. It embraces imagery (mostly of a partly metallographic in nature, (hence the nod to Castellani) as well as neologisms which are intended to shape the performer’s characterization of the work. The neologisms are intended to act as an intransigent, emancipatory narration of the notational elements.
Fortunately, I have received funds to implement several recordings of the work which, when the work is completed next year, I will reach out to three of the most unmatchable violists in the world to each perform a rendition of the work.
I would like to start with Renee Baker of the AACM, as I render her profound substaunce and conceptual genius as a perfect example of what this work should represent. An intelligible communication of the work demands increased accuracy from the transmitter, and I can think no one more formidable than Ms. Baker to carry out this mandate. Nils Mönkemeyer and Tabea Zimmermann are two other remarkable talents I will pursue for this adventure.