From the recording Allegro assai un poco pesante
Concerto for Violin, Viola and String Orchestra
The Concerto for Violin, Viola and String Orchestra, composed in the Fall of 2007, is patterned in the traditional fast-slow-fast three-movement form.
The opening movement, Allegro assai un poco pesante borrows a theme from Mountaineer in Act I of the opera Luke and Sarah. Following an introductory tutti section, the violin and viola are set in a dialogue that is not in opposition but rather complementary in a unified texture that unfolds through the exposition. A contrastingly lyrical second theme introduced by a sequence of seven tranquil chords in the orchestra is answered by the solo parts and gradually builds up until it cascades over an harmonic arch that returns sequentially to the recapitulation. After a duo-cadenza, the movement concludes with a statement of the main theme that dissipates unresolved into the sub-mediant key.
This archival recording features violinist Ruth Bruegger and Agnes Schwartz, violist with James Domine conducting the San Fernando Valley Symphony Orchestra.