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Yfirsést: Concerto for viola and orchestra

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Hi all! I'm new here, and I really wish I'd discovered this community much sooner!

I love classical music but, as a violist, my largest complaint has been the lack of stirring, cinematic viola concerti. Well, what's a composer to do?

So here's my stab at a full-length viola concerto. I've named it Yfirsést (pronounced ih-ver-syest), the Icelandic word for "overlooked," and an all-too common feeling among violists. This is the first movement, and it resounds with the struggle of overcoming mediocrity and being seen for what you are. (I couldn't tell you what composer it sounds like, because to me, it sounds like me. 🙂)

I appreciate your feedback, and especially taking the time to listen! I'll upload the second and third movements (along with the scores for all 3) later.

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I like that it has a lot of varied articulations in it, a few of the chords I would have done differently (not sure of the name but it sounds like stacked m chords).

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@SilverWolf Thanks for the feedback!

Here is the second movement, entitled 'Andante religioso.' It's mournful and redemptive, with hymn-like themes and swelling anthems. At times tender, at times dissonant, it continues the struggle to not be "overlooked." 

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I like the crescendos, the intro melody along with the sus vib notes from the cellos sounds epic. Definitely has a classical feel to it around the 2 min marker. 

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And finally, the finale. This movement has more drama, dissonance and complexity than the previous two movements. It's like an epic struggle between the viola and the orchestra, ending with a stirring... well, you'll just have to listen for yourself. 😉I hope you enjoy it, and I'm again appreciative of any feedback!

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First movement.

There's very little to be said. It's a seriously accomplished piece, a lyrical viola part that doesn't fight too hard with the orchestra possibly because the orchestra is fairly subdued much of the time. You have a knack with thematic development, all 15 1/2 minutes of it. Quiet and subtle, occasionally an interplay of melodic lines. The orchestration is brilliant as is the rendering. It might almost be live. 

A difficult cadenza at the end and a great build up to the closing measures. .

Very well done. A pleasant listen. If this isn't a live performance I hope it becomes one soon. 

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Thanks, @Quinn—I appreciate the kind and thoughtful comments! It's not a live performance but here's hoping it will be in the near future. 🤞 I just need to round up a virtuoso violist.

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Here is the full score. Happy reading!

Edit: The score I originally uploaded disappeared, so I'm trying again.

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I'll eventually get this posting thing down. 😉Here are all 3 movements in an easy-to-watch YouTube video compiled by yours truly. I hope the low-quality photos don't mesmerize you too much; took them myself with an iPhone. They look great all blown up and pixellated.

Anyway, happy watching!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYW8K6N4FEE

 

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