Partita for Solo 'Cello (2007)

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Commissioned by Sumire Kudo and premiered on August 23rd, 2007 at Oga Concert Hall in Karuizawa, Japan.


Partita for solo violoncello was composed for Sumire Kudo in the spring of 2007. Although it is a single movement work, its form derives from a collage-like assemblage of diverse materials that can be heard as fragments of movements from an imagined multi-movement suite or partita. The "movements" which comprise the work are not only differentiated by their individual tempi and expressive characteristics; they are also intended to be performed with noticeably contrasting stylistic attitudes, creating a multi-voiced dialogue between an ensemble of distinct musical personalities.