ward de jonghe

etudes – for viola

duration: ca 3’

written in 2019 for Esther Coorevits

first performance: 2020-05-25 (online)

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programme note: 

These short etudes are an exercise on two very different aspects of making music. One starts from a classical view of virtuosity: many notes, a high tempo and rapid alternation of playing techniques. The other is challenging in terms of timing, allowing silences, and dealing with freedom. 

Bearing these challenges in mind, I also set to work myself. String quartets II and III were in fact written using these viola etudes as a basis.