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Mansueto Tribute, "double helix" (2011)

For two violins

Premiered by Janet Sung and Yuan-Qing Yu, violins, in Chicago, IL, 11 October 2011
Viola version premiered by Erin Rafferty and Davis King on September 19, 2015 as part of Chicago's Ravenswood ArtWalk.
Violin and Viola version premiered by Wanchi Huang, Violin and Diane Phoenix-Neal, Viola on February 15, 2017 at James Madison University’s Forbes Center for the Performing Arts.
Duration: 3 minutes

BUY SCORE (for violas)
BUY SCORE (for violin and viola)
BUY SCORE (for violins)

 

A version for two violas is also published and available
A version for one violin and one viola is also published and available.

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Double Helix runs from 2:35-3:45
World Premiere
 

Curtis 2021 Ensemble - Augusta Read Thomas: Mansueto Tribute (Double Helix) Emily Shehi, violin; Erika Gray, viola

Program Note

Majestic and ornamental motivic materials, arabesques, and trills swirl and transform through auras that are at once lyrical, ardent, fluid, impassioned, and ablaze with energy. Akin to a double helix, both parts are equally virtuosic; likewise, each violinist serves as protagonist as well as a fulcrum point on and around which the other player's musical force-fields rotate, twist, bloom, and proliferate.

The world premiere of MANSUETO TRIBUTE, "double helix" for two violins, composed for and premiered at the dedication ceremony of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago took place on October 11, 2011, Janet Sung and Yuan-Qing Yu, violins.

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