Quintet (quartet plus cello)
(3) String Orchestra String Orchestra parts
Finis Origine Pendet
Violation II [4:45] Synth MP3 Premiere MP3
Violation III [5:03] Synth
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Violation IV [5:04] Synth MP3 Premiere MP3
My uncle, David Vanderkooi, plays all the different kinds of viols. He told me about the Leo M. Traynor Competition, sponsored by the Viola da Gamba Society of America, for works not longer than five minutes for viol consort. This sounded like an interesting challenge; viol music can be quite enchanting and enjoyable, and having just finished a work for harpsichord, I was used to the idea of antique instruments. Besides, I have never come close to winning a composition prize, where the judges are almost always new music specialists interested in the avant-garde, which is far from my taste. This is unlikely to be a problem with viols.
It is difficult for me to write anything of just five minutes, so I settled for four movements of that length with the intention of submitting one movement. According to the metronome, two of the movements are exactly five minutes long, although it just sort of happened that way.
However, I was unable to submit any of the movements for the contest as I had posted the score on my website, which they considered to be publication. Picky picky picky.
As viol consorts are somewhat rare, I have arranged this piece for string quintet, as well as this score for string orchestra. These works for modern instruments should be played in the usual manner and not in imitation of the original for viols. The main lingering effect of the viol origins is the limited upper range of the violins, which should encourage amateur groups to take this on.
hold through the measure and not beyond, and do not refer to other octaves. Sometimes
I include courtesy accidentals to avoid confusion.