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Contilena for flute and violaBy David AlpherDuration 5'30
"As the name suggests, catilena is all about singing, lyric lines. It's a songlike dialogue, with contrasting tempi. While melodies are harldy foreign to either instrument, the viola-in in the chamber literature and especially the symphonic literature- has hyad a surfeit of accompanimental, supporting figures. This unthrilling role is kept to a bare minimum in Cantilena. I tried to create a genuine duo, a give-and-take aural relationship between two beautiful instruments that reately have the whole stage to themselves." --David Alpher