Duo for Flute and Viola (Fine, Vivian)

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Claude Monteux, flute and Walter Trampler, viola

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Vivian Fine estate


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Work Title Duo for Flute and Viola
Alternative Title
Composer Fine, Vivian
Movements/Sections One movement
Year/Date of Composition 1961
First Performance February 22, 1962, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City, Claude Monteux, flute and Walter Trampler, vio
Average Duration 6 minutes
Composer Time Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation flute and viola

Misc. Comments

This work is published by Carl Fischer Music, carlfischer.com.

[Fine] wrote Duo for Flute and Viola for flutist Claude Monteux (the son of distinguished French conductor Pierre Monteux) and Walter Trampler….Not surprisingly, Fine’s Duo is virtuosic. There are no barlines or meter, and sudden changes of tempi, one of which is caused by a metric modulation, enhance its artistry. The Duo is an outgrowth of the String Quartet, as evidenced by its long arching lines and directions for changes in timbral quality, such as “explosively,” “clear,” “stridente,” and “easy.” Each instrument has a cadenza, but most interesting is the counterpoint between the two. There is no imitation or exchange of material, giving each instrument an independent voice. Fine does refer to the Duo’s beginning near the end of the piece, but the material soon changes to become a perpetuum mobile ending.”

—Heidi Von Gunden, The Music of Vivian Fine, Scarecrow Press, 1999


“...a sturdily constructed work in which the alternating tension and accord between the two instruments was deftly arranged.”

—John Ditsky, The New York Times, February 23, 1962
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