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for viola and pianoThis piece is one of the finest compositions for viola by one of the instrument's greatest players. It is luxuriant in melodic inventions and startlingly beautiful in its instrumental colours. The piano is a full partner to the viola, contributing an equal share of melodic interest and colouristic effects.show more

Product details

  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 227 x 304 x 2mm | 93g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0193864363
  • 9780193864368
  • 1,180,657

About Rebecca Clarke

Rebecca Clarke was born in Harrow in 1886 and died in New York City in 1979. She was one of the finest viola players of her day and a skilful composer who studied with Stanford at the Royal College of Music in London. Her output as a composer was small, comprising about 90 works, but all these pieces are brilliant and powerful. Her Piano Trio and Viola Sonata are often played and recorded, and are now widely regarded as masterpieces. However her songs are perhaps her finest body of works, and embrace a variety of styles from Blakean simplicity to brutal tragedy and outright farce. Rebecca Clarke's choral music was virtually unknown until Oxford University Press began to publish these works for the first time. She wrote for chorus and other vocal ensembles throughout virtually her whole career, from her earliest attempts at composition around 1906 to her final flowering in the 1940s, revising and recomposing until as late as 1976.show more

Review quote

Paul Coletti assisted with the preparation of this edition which is sensitively edited with clearly produced parts . . . A composition by one of such wit (and musicianship) surely deserves an airing, so get your copy now! * Leonie Anderson, ESTA News and Views, Autumn 2002 * These are essential works for viola players. As well as being a fine player herself, Rebecca Clarke had a lyrical and emotionally valid idiom. The larger items call for a fairly advanced technique, but their musical value means that the effort to master them will prove entirely worthwhile. * Christopher Wellington, Stringendo, Oct 03 *show more