Vocalise

For Violin and Piano, 1999 (arr.)

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A Single Movement work for Solo Violin and Piano
Duration: 6′

Premiere: Helena Winkelman
Recordings: Vocalise Giora Schmidt violin; Rohan De Silva, piano
Allegro Records END 1021
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The Golden Age; Emil Chudnovsky violin, Daniel Grimwood, piano
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Publisher: Rassel Editions, NY

This arrangement made by the composer of his own Vocalise for Chamber Orchestra from his symphonic work Circle of Dreams. Lasser writes: “I wrote my Vocalise in Fall 1999, inspired by the mournful eponymous work by Rachmaninov. Just as in his work, my Vocalise is not simply about a melody alone but rather the interplay between the melody and the counterpoint hidden beneath it in the harmonies of the piano. These lines which live in the sonorities of the piano, serve to light up different areas of the violin melody much like spotlights are used to illuminate a sculpture; one does not consciously acknowledge their existence, one notices only the beauty of the art work.”

Score and part available for purchase. (www.rasseleditions.com)

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