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Chôros, opus 61 (1994-95) for solo violin

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By Thomas Oboe Lee

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Violin - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Thomas Oboe Lee. 21st Century, 20th Century, Romantic Period, Classical Period, Latin. Score. 16 pages. Published by Thomas Oboe Lee (S0.10465).

Item Number: S0.10465

Chôros for solo violin is in seven sections.

I. Chôro vivo
II. Sambinha chorôso
III. Valsa lenta
IV. Valsa serenata
V . Polca-chôro
VI. Valsa graciosa
VII. Chôro reprise

When Daniel Stepner commissioned me to write a work for solo violin, I of course went straight to the Solo Partitas by JS Bach for inspiration. The Brazilian chôro masters - Heitor Villa-Lobos, Pixinguinha, Ernesto Nazareth, and Zequinha Abreu - also wrote their wonderful music with "old Bach" in mind. Under these two influences I went to work, shamelessly borrowing from both.Formally, the chôro patterns itself after the baroque dance suite. In my work, the movements - chôro vivo, sambinha chorôso, valsa lenta, valsa serenata, polca-chôro, valsa graciosa, and chôro reprise - are, respectively, similar in character to the allemande, courante, sarabande, menuet I, gavotte, menuet II, and gigue. The spirit of the music, however, leans toward the Brazilians rather than Bach. The first two movements are lively sambas, followed by three typical old-fashioned "sentimental" waltzes and a polka. Instead of a gigue, the last movement is a repeat, but shorter version, of the first, bringing the whole to a close.

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