Partners in Rhyme–cello duet (download)


Cello duet–10′

An engaging divertimento in four movements.

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Partners in Rhyme (download)

  • Dialogue
  • Valse nostalgique
  • Air
  • Excursion

Cello duet
1999, 2013
Duration: 10′
Viola-cello duet originally commissioned by Shirley Kysilko.

Program note

Partners in Rhyme was commissioned by Shirley Kysilko in honor of Tom Kysilko’s 51st birthday. Shirley is a cellist and Tom, her husband, a violist. The four movements describe a journey, and what is a partnership if not a journey? The opening “Dialogue” contains some heated discussion. “Valse nostalgique” allows time for question and reflection. The walking bass of “Air” lends a Bachian flavor. “Jaunt” returns to the high spirits of the opening. There are a variety of techniques in this string duo: pizzicato, harmonics, chords, and lots of opportunity for lyrical expression.

The cello duet version was made in 2013. View the original version for viola and cello here.


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