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Sonata for Viola & Piano - Jefferson Chalmers

Form
Chamber
Instrumentation
viola, piano
Year
2016
Duration
9"
Premiere
not yet performed
Description

Three-movement work commissioned by viola superstar Dmitry Murrath who will give the premiere.

Jefferson Chalmers frontispiece
Jefferson Chalmers frontispiece

Jefferson Chalmers frontispiece

Program Notes

I first met violist Dmitry Murrath in Bellingham, Washington. He was performing Bloch with the Whatcom Symphony and I was in town for the premiere of my orchestral work, Hitherto. I was immediately bowled over by his artistry and this work is a result of that commission.

The subtitle refers to the east side Detroit neighborhood where my mother grew up and where my grandparents raised five kids a few blocks from the Detroit River. Amazingly, their house still stands, among dozens of vacant lots and the refuse of once-thriving neighborhood. Down Jefferson, a revitalized downtown hums. Across the river, Canada.

The piece is dedicated to Dmitry Murrath and to my mother, Eileen Hickey.