Hope (1996)

for viola and 'cello  -  9 minutes

FRANK STEMPER

NOTES

HOPE (1996) was composed for Tom Flaherty and Cindy Fogg, this duet for viola and cello explores various types of repetition, including repetition of idea, repetition of harmony and a basic pulse, which is perhaps the most primitive type of repetition.  The repetition is rarely exact, developmental and is juxtaposed in the form of a pair of contrary themes, which on the surface don’t seem to fit together.  They do however create a succession of aural events, which should in any case create an emotional effect.  The listener might determine whether or not this succession of events represents, in the end, a positive or negative outcome.  The title indicates the composer’s vote! 

 

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