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This is a piece of which I am very proud. In part, it is dedicated to the city in which I am currently staying -- Prague. This is more than likely my most complex work (structurally), and I hope to use this piece as a learning experience. Here, the viola acts as the leader of the orchestra, which experiences a tremendous journey that spans more than 30 minutes in a contiguous manner. I have included an analysis and I hope that you enjoy!


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I'm sure I'm not the only person who has enjoyed listening to/score reading this piece, but was too intimidated by its length to comment. I didn't get through the whole thing due to time constraints, but here are my thoughts so far:

It's quite an accomplishment. The balance between traditional tonality and recurring interval patterns is effective, and gives the piece a unique, consistent sound even when you're exploring all these different styles.

The orchestration is also well done--you get a lot of colours and textures out of a fairly small group. And the scoring mostly looks nicely balanced--I think the MIDI gives a fairly accurate idea of of the textural balance (if not the blend or expressiveness) of a live performance.

I think the piece's greatest strength might also be its greatest weakness: your transitions are lovely, and feel just right in their small-scale context. But on the large scale, I felt like there were too many of them. After the first few pages, you seldom go more than 5 or 6 measures without a fairly major change in texture and rhythmic surface. On the small scale, this fits your program nicely: the viola as a traveler guiding us through different (textural) areas. But after a while, this makes the form hard to follow--there aren't enough big arrivals or extended ideas (something that feels like the "meat" of the movement or section, if that makes sense) to contrast the almost constant transitions. This could be remedied with just the occasional longer section with an extended rhythmic ostinato or stable harmonic rhythm, among other things.

Really, though, this piece is full of wonderful ideas. I'm looking forward to what you come up with next.

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