In Memory (2020)

for Solo Viola

Composed April 2020

3 Minutes

Commissioned by Will White

Premiered and recorded by Grant Hanner, co-principal viola, Orchestra Seattle

Also recorded by Michael Hall, viola soloist

This piece wasn't written about a specific time or person. It is meant to be a contemplation of memories past, which could be anything the listener/player desires - the viola acts as the voice that recalls these memories and reflects on them with tranquil, yet occasionally tumultuous introspection. Thus, this composition can speak to and work in any occasion.

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Interpretation Gallery

Because I left 'In Memory' open to interpretation by the listener and performer, it's been played/performed in a variety of ways in different situations and on different subjects. 

Have you played this piece and recorded your own video interpretation? Send it to me and I'll feature it here.

Grant Hanner, co-principal viola, Orchestra Seattle (premiere performance)

Nicholas Jeffery, assistant principal viola, Kalamazoo Symphony

William Johnston, principal viola, Atlanta Opera

Ute Miller, Mount Vernon Music

Dr. Ruben Balboa III, Illinois State University

Jordan Bak, viola soloist

Michael Hall, viola soloist

Michael Hall, viola soloist (on a baroque viola) (at 24:38)

Michael Hall, viola soloist (live, 2020)

Peter Sulski, Clark University

Evan Cuddy, teacher and viola soloist

Emily Freudigman, Camerata San Antonio

Kirsten Monke, DaPonte String Quartet