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.
This piece for unaccompanied viola solo transforms the gentle arches of Bach's theme into slowly soaring arpeggi of almost unending phrase lengths. Originally written for cello, it was premiered by Yo-Yo Ma in Boston in 1997 in memory of Robert Goldberg. This version for viola is edited by Melia Watras.
Title: Fancy on a Bach Air for Viola, By Corigliano, John, Published by G. Schirmer, Inc., Item number: 50486362
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.