In Memory (2020)
for Solo Viola
Composed April 2020
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.
Free to perform! To receive a copy:
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