MEMORIAL IN TWO PARTS

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MEMORIAL IN TWO PARTS

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Composition Name: 

MEMORIAL IN TWO PARTS

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$15.00

Year Authored (or revised): 

1988

Scoring: 

vln, pf

Duration (min): 

19

Movements-Titles: 

2

Recording: 

Dream Music: chamber works of Elliott Schwartz, Capstone Records, CPS-863300

First Performance: 

U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, 1988.

Memorial in Two Parts for violin and piano, commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress, was begun late in 1987 and completed in January 1988. The work's title reveals a good deal of its expressive intent and overall structure. It consists of two movements, each dedicated to the memory of a friend and colleague who had recently died. The opening movement is concerned with the outstanding pianist Andrew Wolf, who combined a highly successful concert career with administration (the Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine, and the Boston area's All-Newton School) and teaching (including a number of years at Bowdoin College). In the second movement, the focus shifts to Gabriel Brogyanyi, a Bowdoin faculty colleague whose field was nominally Romance Languages (French and Italian), but who felt equally at home with German culture and with a great range of European art music.
 

Ensemble Type: 

duo inst or voices

Review from 2013 http://symposium.music.org

"Memorial in Two Parts (1984) for violin and piano, offers brief glances at historical works favored by the composition’s two dedicatees. Monteverdi, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Gershwin intermingle in a stylistic menagerie that provides a sense of treasured, but fading, memory. Schumann’s Piano Quintet is the most identifiable quotation here, providing momentary points of cadential repose. But these moments are fleeting as Schwartz’s textures continually evaporate and reconstitute in new forms."

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