The Stream Flows for Solo Viola by Bright Sheng. This work is based on a well-known Chinese folk song from the southern part of China. It was commissioned by the violist Marlow Fisher and first performed in 1991 by Li Kuo Chang. Advanced.
These pieces, or "spaces" are concert studies designed to give players the chance to develop and explore contemporary viola techniques. Each space develops one specific technique (Sul ponticello, Sul tasto, harmonics, quartertones, etc.) and is suitable as a teaching aid or as enjoyable recital pieces. Advanced.
Clint Needham's 9-minute Viola Music is a dramatically paced powerhouse in three movements. The opening Perpetual Motion and Cadenza is a dazzling ride, full of idiomatically-voiced double stops culminating in a free recitative. The following Song is beautifully plaintive, with a frisky episode in the middle, and the final Scherzo is a frenetic dance developed from where the opening movement left off, and wildly driving to a fiery coda. Advanced.