Solos for Unaccompanied Violin
Tar Hollow • 2015 • 3'
Grade 4. A folk-inspired ballad with sweet, freely played melodies. Players can experiment with the phrasing, rhythm, pacing, and embellishment.
Played at the 2023 ASTA National Conference.
Performed by Dr. Cora Cooper.
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Dance at Dusk • 2023 • 3'
The primary theme of "Dance at Dusk" is a spirited, mixed meter groove, first heard in a cheerful D major. Double stops that reinforce the changing beat groupings and rising lines across the violin's range drive the music forward in an energetic dance. In the middle section, the music modulates to a moodier E minor and explores the darker, lower colors of the instrument. The dance swirls higher and fixes around one musical motif, then returns to the opening material and comes to a charming close.