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By Gernot Wolfgang

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Violin, bassoon
Composed by Gernot Wolfgang. Chamber music. Chamber music. Score and set of parts. 20 + 32 pages pages. Doblinger Music Publishers #06-00716. Published by Doblinger Music Publishers (DB.06-00716).

Item Number: DB.06-00716

ISBN 979-0-012-20025-3.

Encounters ist das vierte und letzte in einer Serie von Duos fur Fagott und einem der Streichinstrumente des orchestral musics und besteht aus drei Satzen: Riding the Tiger, The Abstract Truth, Three is A Charm. Die Ecksatze basieren auf energetischen, meist von Funk inspirierten Grooves und verlangen von beiden Instrumentalisten die Anwendung von erweiterten Spieltechniken. Die Violinstimme beinhaltet neben Slides das von der Bluegrass-Fiddle-Technik geborgte Chopping, wahrend in der Fagottstimme im 3. Satz Mehrklange aufscheinen. Der ruhige 2. Satz schafft mittels ausgedehnter lyrischer Solopassagen Raum zum Atmen. (G. Wolfgang)

Encounters is the fourth and final work in a series Wolfgang composed for bassoon in duet with a stringed instrument, this time paired with the violin. There are three sections, the outer two lively and quirky in nature and showcasing more exotic instrumental effects like chopping and multiphonics, whilst the middle movement, 'The Abstract Truth', sounds appropriately like a mild-mannered philosophical debate between soloists. (, May 2011) // Wolfgang's ability to tell tiny tales in sound is vividly evident in Rolling Hills & Jagged Ridges, for violin and piano, and the three delightful miniatures that make up Encounters, for violin and bassoon. (GRAMOPHONE, August 2011) // Encounters sees the return of the bassoon to this chamber idiom, with a very lyrical central movement, although elsewhere there are intriguing elements of bluegrass style. Wolfgang really explores the reaches of this undervalued solo instrument with writing that is both soulful and dramatic, so much so that the violin is almost secondary in the score. (Barnaby Rayfield, FANFARE MAGAZINE, July/Aug. 2011).

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