Sonata (Piano/Viola). (Viola and Piano). By Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). For Piano, Viola. Modern Russian Masterworks. 20th Century. Difficulty: difficult. Viola solo single. Standard notation and piano accompaniment. Op. 147. 40 pages. G. Schirmer #ED3301. Published by G. Schirmer (HL.50335600).
ISBN 0793538645. With standard notation and piano accompaniment. 20th Century. 9x12 inches.
The Viola Sonata, the very last work composed by the great Russian master Shostakovitch, was written for Fyodor Druzhinin, to whom it was dedicated. It was first performed in Moscow on December 28, 1975.
Location: from Turin (Italy)
November 11, 2008
Shostakovich certainly decided to go out with a "bang"! Kind of. It isn't as bang-y as a lot of his other music is, but this piece is gorgeous. It starts out so eerie and sinister and then Restless through the second movement, but the third movement offers a certain closure...
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Location: from St. Paul, MN
September 17, 2007
A True Masterwork for the Viola
The music capitalizes on tonal color and strengths of the viola. Not only is it technically challenging, but the wide array of emotions throughout make the final product rewarding to have learned and to listen to. The first movement glides ethereally along, setting a grim tone for the work (Shostakovich's...
31 of 59 people found this review helpful.