VIOLA REPERTOIRE

by

Sally Beamish

 

 

CONCERTOS

 

Concerto no.1

Viola and chamber orchestra

(piano reduction available)

Based on the story of St Peter’s denials

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Concerto no.2 : The Seafarer

Viola and chamber orchestra

(piano reduction available)

Based on the 9th century Anglo-Saxon poem: The Seafarer

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Concerto no.3 : Under the Wing of the Rock

Viola and strings

(piano reduction available)

Based on a story from the Glencoe Massacre (1692)

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VIOLA AND PIANO

 

Halbkreis

An early work, written for the composer’s teacher, Bruno Giuranna

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Sule Skerrie

A rock near Orkney Islands, home to seals and legends of selkies

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Sonata for viola and piano

Inspired by Clara Schumann: drawing on Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben

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Merula Perpetua

Built on the song of a blackbird

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SOLO VIOLA

 

Pennillion

Inspired by the Welsh crwth

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The Wise Maid

Irish Folk tune with variations. Originally for cello, and arranged for viola by Jenny Wilkinson

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That Recent Earth

Based on a 14th century pre-Islamic mourning poem

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Ariel

One of several pieces related to the ballet ‘The Tempest’

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Glanz

Written in memory of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and based on a fragment from Schönberg’s Verklärte nacht

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MULTI-VIOLA WORKS

 

Two violas:

 

Prelude and Canon

Originally for two violins: written to celebrate a Stradivarius and a modern copy

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Four violas:

Bratchwork

A short birthday piece for Annette Morreau incorporating 10 quotations from the viola repertoire. Later arranged for massed violas for Bruno Giuranna’s 80th birthday.

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Six violas:

A Farewell

One of a group of six chamber pieces written as a farewell to Scotland.

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CHAMBER MUSIC FEATURING MORE THAN ONE VIOLA

 

Epilogue

String Quintet (2 violas)

Meditation on a theme by Thomas Tallis

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The Wiser Maid

String Sextet

An extension of the solo piece ‘The Wise Maid’

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The Wedding at Cana

 String Sextet

Based on the New Testament story

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Partita

String Octet

Takes themes from Bach, Mendelssohn and Handel

 

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VIOLA PLUS

 

Buzz

Viola and soprano

Setting of a poem by Emily Dickinson

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Duet for Martin

Viola and cello

Written for the 50th birthday of Martin Dalby

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Between Earth and Sea

Flute, viola and harp

In memory of the twin daughters of a friend.

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The King’s Alchemist

String trio: violin, viola and cello

Based on the story of John Damian – 16th century alchemist at Stirling Castle

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RELATED ARTICLES

How the theft of my viola turned me into a composer (Merula Perpetua) - The Guardian

'I'm hoping we're moving towards a time when gender simply isn't an issue' (A Farewell) - The List

Contemporary composer: Sally Beamish - Kate Molleson, Gramophone Magazine

 

All a question of keeping faith: A thief, a viola, and a hard choice - The Independent

'The Academy and I' - The Arts Desk

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