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Lane Richard Song and Dance VA19


Richard Lane
Song and Dance DD274

for viola and piano

  • Level: intermediate / advanced
  • Duration: 11'
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Composed: 1984

Reference: VA19


  • Published: 2023
  • Pages: 16
  • Publisher: Editions Bim
  • Movements:

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Song & Dance


Richard Lane

Richard Lane (1933-2004)

On September 3, 2004, a police patrol intercepted a convertible Ford Mustang that was zigzagging out of control. Richard Lane had just left Cape Cod, where he spent his summers composing, and suff... Read more

About Song and Dance

Song and Dance is a lovely textured piece with a beautiful dialogue between the viola and piano. The piece begins with a lyrical sense of determination, inviting the listener to a journey of introspection and self-discovery. Almost like a drawing of medieval scenery, the viola and piano observe the inner and outer, within and without, embracing all that surrounds. A viola cadenza is unveiled and a melancholy piano interlude unfolds which is followed by a darker atmosphere. There is an air of reflection, with all its ebbs and flows, efforts and struggles, and the piece concludes with a happy dance of acceptance and resolution, like life itself.