Schelb: Viola Sonata No. 2

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  • Composer: Josef Schelb
  • Instrumentation: Piano, Viola
  • Work: Viola Sonata No. 2
  • ISMN: 9790004187210
  • Size: 9.1 x 12.0 inches
  • Pages: 52
  • Urtext / Critical Edition


With his 2nd Viola Sonata from 1959, Josef Schelb (1894–1977) gave the viola a representative work with the potential for a significant concert career – despite the wealth of repertoire of this instrument, which has been popular from the Baroque to the present.

Josef Schelb, an exponent of the 20th-century's so-called "classical modernism," knew how to use a wide range of the instrument's tonal possibilities for his typical, unmistakable personal style of those years, combining atonal-to-dodecaphonic structures with contrapuntal composing techniques. in the work's four movements,-sharply contrasting in tempo and expression, the emotional tension ranges from a lyrical, contemplative inwardness via a humorous, dance-like ease to expressive, rhythmically intricate staccato formulas. Originality, compositional mastery, inventiveness, and high viola characterstics – coupled with a considerable demand of virtuosity – are features of this work, now available for the first time in a published edition.

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