These three études may be performed in any order, all together, or singularly. The pre-recorded material for these études should be mixed in such a way that the viola rides in the middle of the texture. Étude 2, however, should favor the solo viola. While we have had successful performances with the tape coming from a PA and the viola unamplified, the ideal scenario has the viola closely amplified with a clip-on microphone, such as the DPA 4099V, or similar.
Études 1 and 1a require a metronomic relationship to the pulse, whereas Étude 2 requires a more flexible approach.
These Études were written for my friend Nadia Sirota. They are designed as performance pieces as well as practice études for dealing with the messy fifth-based string crossings my harmonic language sometimes outlines. Études 1 and 1A also concern themselves with the messy business of grand pause rests, or silences, in the context of highly rhythmic music.
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