Zbinden  Jf  Solissimo  Ii  Va12
Julien-François Zbinden
Solissimo II op. 102
for viola solo
advanced Duration: 7' Swiss Composers Series

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Julien-François Zbinden

Julien-François Zbinden (1917-2021)

Julien-François Zbinden was born on November 11th, 1917 in Rolle (Vaud/Switzerland). After having studied piano, with secondary studies in voice and violin, he began in 1938 his musical career as a pianist in a jazz band, having had a passion for jazz at an early age. As a composer, he was self-taught at the beginning, so to speak. After 1947 he worked at the musical department of Radio Suisse...
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About Solissimo II

The work begins with a majestic and somber Introduction that occurs in the form of a series of chords executed as double-stops, and which eventually evolves into a less intense and melancholic Barcarolle composed in a minor mode. A brief pizzicato interlude followed by elements reminiscent of the introduction lead into a virtuosic Tarentelle. The work concludes with some chords followed by a brief recall of the tarentelle.

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