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Perfect Storm

For Viola

By Shulamit Ran

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Viola Unaccompanied viola
For Viola. Composed by Shulamit Ran (1949-). Premiere: Melia Watras, violist; Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Contemporary. Solo part. With Standard notation. Composed 2010. 8 pages. Duration 10 minutes, 30 seconds. Theodore Presser Company #114-41510. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114415100).

Item Number: PR.114415100

ISBN 1491110007.

Melia Watras, a foremost performing violist and professor of viola, has commissioned a good number of composers for new works for her instrument. In her commission of Ran, she requested that a starting point be an excerpt from any established work in the viola's repertoire of Ran's choosing. Ran immediately turned to the haunting viola solo passage from Luciano Berio's Black Is the Color (from Folksongs). While the Berio is infused throughout Ran's Perfect Storm, she has crafted a sonic landscape of varied mood, using an array of the violist's skills and techniques in an impressive concert work. See a video excerpt on YouTube from the world premiere, which includes a discussion of the work by Ran and Watras.

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