This week the Brothers Balliett present two works, somewhat bizarrely paired, that both have great viola parts: Wolfgang Rihm's Fetzen, and Paul Chihara's Viola Concerto.
"Fetzen" means "tatters" or "scraps", which makes a lot of sense when you hear these movements for string quartet with accordian. These short movements may represent individual musical ideas of Rihm's, or perhaps there's a more narrative story behind the title--have a listen and see what you think. We're confident you'll at least love the music.
Chihara's Viola Concerto is a very different kind of piece--neo-tonal, sweeping, very large ideas. It feels strange to pair these pieces, but we think they complement each other in a weird way. Tune in to the Brothers Balliett this week to hear two masters approach solo string writing.