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Elegy, Op. 44

By Alexander Glazunov

Viola and piano
Composed by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936). Edited by Joseph Vieland. Score and part. International Music Co. #555. Published by International Music Co. (IM.555).

Item Number: IM.555

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    David Bowley
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  • October 06, 2008 Elegy, Op. 44 Alexander Glazunov

    Excellent piece; it is lyrical, expressive and yet conjures up the Russian feeling of "melancholy" by reflection and contemplation. The rhythmic figures in the left hand of the piano part keep the music moving forward at a reasonable rate, avoiding too excessive nostalgia in the viola part. There is good...

    balance between the two voices, and the spread-out chords in the piano give color and a luminescent effect, reminiscent of Rimsky Korsakov. Within this context in the interpretation, the difficulty is in deciding how forceful to be; the music can be slightly forceful and aggressive, as though there is a sad feeling deep down, or it is lighter, more evocative and colorful, free as a bird. The markings are pp, p and rarely go to forte, which supports the latter, and this seems to be inherent in the music. I am a music graduate of Chichester University, United Kingdom, in viola perfomance.

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