In honor of Tower's premiere, this week's playlist highlights music for viola, starting with Tower’s piece Wild Purple, which was also written for Neubauer. Next you will hear Aaron Jay Kernis’ Still Movement with Hymn, Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Missy Mazzoli’s Tooth and Nail for viola and pre-recorded electronics, and Darius Milhaud’s gracefully melodic 4 Visages No. 1, 2, 3 and 4.
"I like to work with performers. I was a performer for a long time and I know their problems. A piece of music is a two-way street. It's a performer and a composer, and I think the two have to work together to create this thing." — Joan Tower
Music for Viola
Note: Schnittke’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra is available for hire in the USA, Canada and Mexico only.
—This playlist was contributed by Liam Alves