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An interior monologue : for solo viola

by Nirmali Fenn (2013)

interior monologue


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An interior monologue : viola solo / Nirmali Fenn.

Library shelf no. 787.3/FEN 1 [Not for loan]

Work Overview

Inspired by American poet Clayton Eshleman's reflections on the drawings of Henri Michaux, An Interior Monologue creates a subdued yet highly expressive sound world. The solo viola's open strings, of which the top and bottom are detuned, trapping the music within a tritone pair, act like outer voices, as in counterpoint. They outer voices are like balloon strings, limiting the melody lines on other strings and generating an acute sense of elasticity as the relationship between the lines is stretched to the extreme.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Viola.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Ulrich von Wrochem


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