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Stomp For Scordatura: Violin

Score | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation Violin
Publisher G. Schirmer

A note from the composer:

What to include in a competition piece in 2011? One could write a virtuoso étude or a lyrical essay: but the judges will have dozens of pieces that demonstrate these virtues. I thought a more interesting piece would test a performer’s imagination, intelligence and musicality by offering interesting new problems to solve. Hence, this unaccompanied six-minute study I call Stomp.

Stomp poses its player three problems; of ear, style, and coördination. First, the violin’s outer two strings are tuned to non-standard pitches. This mis-tuning (scordatura) deepens the instrument’s range, and replaces the usual perfect fifths between strings with grating dissonances high and low. Second, the piece is modeled not on classical precedents, but on American fiddle music — bluegrass and jazz. And third, as in fiddle playing, the violinist must periodically stomp with his or her foot along with the music.

So Stomp demands a theatrical mind, an unerring ear, and a delight in making music with the entire body. It is supposed to be fun for the audience, and a workout for the soloists. I can’t wait to hear them play it.

Series String
Store Sheet Music & Songbooks
Product Format Score
Release Date 2017
Pages 12
ISBN 9781495064920
UPC 888680623340
Edition Number HL50600562
Catalog No. HL50600562
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